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16: OFF THE SHELF With a mahoosive programme of huge events – as well as some smaller, but still very interesting ones – Off the Shelf has plenty for book fans to get involved with this month. Here’s a sneak-peek of what to expect plus a chat with Clinton Woods about his new autobiography.
24: MILBURN Well, well, well – look who’s back again. Before filming a live session for Exposed, the Sheffield favourites gave us the full lowdown on their new album.
61: HALLOWEEN ROUND-UP Let’s face it, unless you like repeatedly answering to screaming chabbies baying for sweets every five minutes, Halloween sucks if you’ve not got any plans. But don’t worry – we’ve rounded up all the best shizzle going on in Sheff this month so you can have a belter.
75: OCTAVE ONE Lawrence Burden, one half of the famed Detroit techno duo, takes a pew with Exposed ahead of their appearance at the city’s new Southbank Warehouse venue.
82: GHOSTPOET With the latest album Dark Days + Canapes receiving widespread critical acclaim, Tyrone Scott speaks to the twice Mercury-nominated artist.
11: UPFRONT 41: FOOD 55: FASHION 59: THINGS TO DO 68: COMEDY 71: NIGHTLIFE 82: MUSIC 95: LGBT 97: GAMING 100: FILM 105: CULTURE
Back in the day, and by that I mean circa-2007, the hype surrounding the release of Milburn’s second album was almost palatable amongst music fans in Sheffield. They might have divided opinion amongst a number of Londoncentric press outlets, but back at home they were a very popular bunch indeed. The idea that just a few months after the record’s release the band would announce their split, a decision which went down like a lead balloon amongst their vast northern fanbase, was one not many up here would have entertained at the time. Since then, members of the band have gone down their respective paths and continued producing great music via the likes of Dead Sons, The Book Club, Reverend & The Makers and under a number of other guises. However, despite the times moving on, there’s always been an unshakeable feeling that there was more to come from one of the city’s best-loved guitar bands. A series of reunion gigs announced last year initially seemed little more than a welcome nostalgia trip, but they ended up being a springboard for bigger things: a wider tour, a couple of new singles and finally – a third album. Over on p.24 Joe Carnall and Joe Green take us through that record, how it came together and what we can expect. We should also have a live session with the band waiting for you on our Facebook page by the time this issue arrives, so go check it out. On the events front this month, there’s shedloads to get stuck into over the next few weeks in Sheff. Literally, shedloads. Off the Shelf Festival has announced a sterling programme featuring talks from the likes of Robert Webb, Brian Blessed and Richard Osman, just to name a few of the big-hitters from a wide-ranging line-up providing insights across literature, politics, history, sport, society and more. Clinton Woods, former world champ and Sheffielder through and through, will be presenting his new autobiography there, and I had the pleasure of speaking to him about his life and boxing career on p.20. More natters come from regular Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet (his new album is superb by the way), comedian Phill Jupitus and award-winning Steel City events collective Girl Gang. In the second half of the mag we’ve got the usual round-up of news and previews across food & drink, nightlife, LGBT+, film, and culture. Lovely stuff. Anyway, that’s enough from me this month. If it’s all the same, I’ll leave you to discover the rest for yourselves…
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THREE KINGS This month will see a trio of the biggest names in the UK urban scene descend on Sheffield for separate events. Dizzee Rascal plays O2 Academy on October 6th, Lethal Bizzle on the 12th and Big Narstie arrives at Plug on the 14th alongside Sir Spyro and Dr Cryptic.
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Sheffield Urban CX takes iconic local settings and recreates them as a venue for fast-paced cycling events. Last month they set up shop at Park Hill, and Jeremy of Futt Futt Futt Photography was on-hand to catch some great action shots of races. The next race in the series will take place at Whirlow Hall Farm on Saturday 11 November.
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LIBRA SEP 23 - OCT 22 The moon is up in Libra this month – and I’m talking all up in that thing, d’ya know what I’m saying?!
seasons brings about a huge transformation in yourself, Aries, as you wake up with chronic nip on for the first time in months.
SCORPIO OCT 23 – NOV 21 If you notice a strange feeling of tension and discomfort building, try going for a dump. If things are still feeling a bit tense, it probably means your partner doesn’t love you anymore.
TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20 The bull which you rely on to predict your fortunes has decided not to bother this month because he thinks advising you on anything is, and I quote: “A thorough waste of my unique cosmic powers.”
SAGITTARIUS NOV 22 - DEC 21 Still not quite over the messy breakup with an ex, you resort to walking around public parks and laying massive turds next to canoodling couples. You feel much better.
GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20 The moon is in your house of intimacy today, Gemini. This makes you crave sexual activity, emotional closeness, and cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.
CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 19 Talk about how much money you have more often, people love it when you do that. After studying Astronomy and Geology at Sheffield University, Jeremy Lawrence stayed in the city due to his love for local culture, the nearby countryside – and hills. He became involved in photography and film-making during his stay and today specialises in creative portraiture (inc. burlesque/boudoir) and dance photography, as well as landscapes, cityscapes and cycling. For more, see www.futtfuttfutt.com
CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 22 If your life was a video game, you would have unplugged, restarted, smashed the controller, and traded it in for something far better by now.
AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 18 Christ on a bendy bus, stop being such a faff arse. PISCES FEB 19 - MAR 20 Take a moment to pause and take a look inside yourself this month. It’s amazing what you can find with a correctly positioned iPhone camera and the flash turned on. ARIES MAR 21 – APR 19 A change in the
LEO JULY 23 - AUG 22 You are a Leo. You are a lion. NOBODY SHAVES YOUR MANE! VIRGO AUG 23 - SEP 22 This month, the bird is undeniably the word.
Every month, the Great Foodini cups his crystal balls and slips into your aether. Can you feel him, dear reader? Can you?
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Keeping it Steel With 56 new businesses soon to make Steel Yard their new home in October, Exposed went down to the site to find out what the latest chapter in Sheffield’s urban regeneration project has to offer. Words: Rose Trigg The development on Bardwell road will consist of 56 independent businesses housed in stacked shipping containers around a central open space. And if you think this all sounds very familiar, then you’d be right. MyContainer, the company behind the plans, have already opened one container-based development, Krynkl, in Shalesmoor. But Steel Yard is hoping to offer something new and much needed in the area. “The people of Sheffield deserve something different,” Martin McGrail, managing director at MyContainer told Exposed. “As well as generating start-ups, Steel Yard will provide services to support the community.” So along with a bistro, yoga studios and a tattoo parlour, you can expect the kind of useful services that could transform the area from cool evening spot to a place where people can live and work. “Kelham Island is saturated with accommodation and we don’t want to fill it with bars and restaurants because it already has that,” says Martin. “We’re getting childcare providers to support the community and we’ve been talking to a dental care place. We want it to be a destination but also provide services for people because there isn’t enough infrastructure in Kelham Island.” As part of the plans there will be also be integrated cycle hubs to help with the lack of parking, a problem which those who already
live and work in the area will already be acquainted with. But that’s not to say there won’t be plenty to attract those looking for an evening out in Kelham Island. “We’re looking to do live events,” he tells me. “For example, we’re talking to an outdoor cinema company about setting up on a permanent basis and having a big LED screen for regular outdoor showings.” Describing his vision for the development as “a destination on the weekends but a working business hub in the week too,” the tailor-made leases on the units are designed to allow quick and affordable ways for businesses to try out their ideas. Having already worked on projects in Manchester, Martin is forward-looking about Sheffield’s future and ability to compete with bigger cities. And judging by the popularity of similar ventures, Steel Yard is primed for a good start. “Hopefully, with things like this it’s another step closer to catching up with Leeds and Manchester. The success of Peddler Night Market clearly shows there’s a market for this kind of thing in the part of the town. 50% of the units have been taken up and it’s not even been marketed yet, it’s all by word of mouth and it’s flying in.” In terms of the imminent future, they are planning to hold a launch event at the end of October and a Christmas fair later in the year, so you’ll be able to see it for yourself soon.
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TINSLEY TOWERS ARTWORK ANNOUNCED
Nine years following their demolition, the space vacated by the iconic Tinsley Towers is set to be filled by an artwork installation which Sheffield City Council hopes will become “a new cultural beacon” for the city. Sculptor Alec Chinneck has been working on the piece, Onwards & Upwards, which will see four 30-metre high red-brick chimneys stretching for a mile and illuminating the city. Due to be completed in 2019, Chinneck says the chimneys will reflect Tinsley’s proud industrial heritage.
Esports and video gaming bar chain, Meltdown, is set to open a new site in Sheffield. Described as a place where ‘gamers come together to drink and breathe eSports’, the company already has a number of bars worldwide and one UK venue in London. When asked about the company’s progression in the UK, CEO Sophia Metz told Esports News: “We are opening a bar in Sheffield soon! And would love to open more, I think the UK has great potential. It all comes down to finding the right candidates now.” For more information, head to the website below. www.meltdown.bar
Since we won’t be drawing winners until the end of October, there’s still time to bag yourself some huge prizes in our Great Big Exposed Giveaway. We have gig tickets on offer, free meals at top-notch restaurants and gift cards for Meadowhall, The Light Cinema and The Moor Market worth between £50-£100. All you have to do is head to our website and enter for whatever you fancy – gotta be in it to win it and all that! exposedmagazine.co.uk/competitions
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One of the UK’s biggest literary festivals, Off the Shelf, returns to Sheffield this month. From the 7th-28th of October, the Steel City will get its annual bumper dose of literary culture with a festival celebrating the written and spoken word across a multitude of venues. Now in its 25th year, this year’s line-up will include authors discussing their work, music performance, live readings and demonstrations. While all that makes for a diverse festival, it also makes it hard to choose what to go to first. handily, we’ve made it a little easier for you with a few choice highlights...
ROBERT WEBB 9th October // Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield Robert Webb brings his Sunday Times bestselling autobiography How Not To Be a Boy to Sheffield. Looking back over personal experiences from losing his mother to becoming a father himself, Webb will dissect the expectations of men and boys with signature humour in a performance which has now been extended to include a matinee due to high demand.
BRIAN BLESSED 3rd November // Crucible theatre Meet the man behind the voice at Brian Blessed’s event My Wild Life With Animals. His latest book The Panther in My Kitchen shows a different side to the actor as he discusses his love of animals. As well as hearing about his life, you can expect anecdotes about rescue dogs, boa constrictors and Kali the black panther. 16 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
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LEE CHILD 13th October // Oval Hall, Sheffield City Hall Author of the international bestselling Jack Reacher novels, Lee Child is one of the most widely recognised thriller writers today. You can catch him talking about his creative process and topsellers in this event, sure to be a crowdpuller during the weekend devoted to crime writing.
27th October // Octagon Centre The title of Osman’s new book ‘The World Cup of Everything’ might need a quick explanation. The Pointless presenter is attempting to set the world to rights by pitting contenders such as crisps, sitcoms and Christmas songs against each other in a ‘World Cup’ showdown. In this event Richard will be discussing the results and sharing his favourite pieces of trivia with the audience.
LAURIE PENNY 18th October // University of Sheffield Student’s Union Auditorium A Guardian and New Statesman columnist, Laurie Penny has long been on the frontlines of debates around feminism in the 21st century. She’ll discuss her latest book Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults which dissects Donald Trump’s election, transgender rights and online harassment with a smattering of dark humour.
ROGER QUAIL 20th October // DINA, Cambridge St Former Clock DVA and The Box drummer Roger Quail has spent the last 30 years detailing every gig he’s ever been to in his blog My Life in the Mosh of Ghosts, which delves into the music scene in Sheffield 1978-81. In this event, he’ll be discussing his writing as well as reuniting with former bandmate Charlie Collins, Dereck Saw and Beatrix Ward-Fernandez to perform some free jazz tunes.
COLIN HOLMES 28th October // Showroom cinema William Joyce, or Lord Haw-Haw, might not be a pair of names most people are familiar with today, but they were once notorious. Historian Colin Holmes brings to life the story of Joyce, who took on the persona of Lord Haw-Haw to be a radio propagandist for the Nazis in a tale of hope, frustration and failure. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 17
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“If someone asked me about the best period of my boxing career, I wouldn’t say the world title fights; I’d say it was when I was fighting at the Pinegrove Club. The place would be packed with Sheffielders, my family and all my mates – plus I could still go out boozing in those days!” Clinton Woods is busying himself with coffees in the kitchen of his Ridgeway home. He likes to be kept busy, as he alludes to on more than one occasion during our early exchanges, and this sense of restlessness is clear as he buzzes around the house – which he built a good chunk of himself – while dressed in his daily uniform of a gym tracksuit. Cutting an impressively trim figure, he still looks ready to go a full 12 rounds at the shortest of notice. Even when he speaks there’s a sense of urgency, often pausing momentarily before unleashing words like a flurry of swift jabs. I feel a slight twinge of guilt when I discover that a mix-up on interview days caused the cancellation of plans yesterday and probably left him idle for the afternoon. I bet he really hated that. The prior evening I finished reading the final draft of his soonto-be-released autobiography, Into the Woods, which he will be speaking about this month in an appearance at Off the Shelf Festival. Somewhat unsurprisingly for anyone familiar with the Clinton Woods persona, it’s a gritty, incredibly honest account of his personal life and career, both of which have been punctuated by massive ups and crashing downs. The lack of pompousness and excess of a down-to-earth, hard-working ethic – witnessed both in the ring and outside it – is what many believe has led to Woods becoming Sheffield’s most-loved boxer. Indeed, he’s the only one with a plaque on the Sheffield Walk of Fame and certainly the only one with a statue to his name. Those closely-held Yorkshire values of straightforwardness and a touch of self-deprecating humour are to be seen in abundance; in fact, just ten minutes in his company can be enough to forget that you’re speaking to an ex-world champ, not someone who drinks in your local or lives around the corner. “We’ll leave her in peace,” he says of his wife Natalia, who after coming in to say hello retires to the living room. We take our freshly brewed coffees to the kitchen table, take a seat and I decide to start things off in straightforward fashion by asking how he found the experience of putting together the book.
“Truthfully, I didn’t enjoy it,” he says with a slightly furrowed brow. “I was worried about upsetting certain people or things not being told in the right way, but everything in there is at least honest. I think I would have liked to have said a bit more about when I was growing up as kid, though I suppose you can’t get everything in there. Overall, I’m happy with it. ” Something that distinguishes you from other boxers is your lack of bravado, there’s none of the ‘I was born to be a champion’ attitude that you hear a lot from boxers. Yeah, there was one trainer who used to always say to me “You’re going to be a champion one day.” I never believed him and it used to make me feel reyt embarrassed when he said it in front of people. I’d tell him to shut up. In the book it seems that confidence in your own ability didn’t really come in until the later stages of your career, namely the IBF title fights around the mid-noughties. Is that fair to say? It felt like there was three different stages to my career. I won the Commonwealth title early on and I was buzzing with that, but then I lost in my first defence to a good British fighter called David Starie. Somebody had told me to start taking creatine and it really messed with my weight. I had no idea what I was doing, really – I was eating fry-ups and burgers a couple of days before the fight! Anyway, I lost against Starie and I remember deciding during the silent car journey on the way home that I was going to pack it in. I went looking around for a few labourer jobs but ending up getting bored and missing the training. I went back to the gym and that’s when my trainer, Dennis Hobson, suggested stepping up to lightheavyweight. You speak quite candidly about your childhood in the book. The good bits are in there, but also the difficulties in seeing your dad laid-off from his job at the steelworks and some tough times with your mum too. Do you ever reflect on how those experiences moulded you? No, not really. My mother was great with us as kids, she’d take us all over the place; honestly, we’d walk for miles and miles. She apologised to us once about how far she’d make us walk, and we had to tell her about how much we loved it. We could have great times like that, but then we’d come home from school one day and she’d be
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There was one trainer who used to always say to me, “You’re going to be
a champion one day.” I never
believed him and it used to make me feel reyt embarrassed when he said it in front of people. I’d tell him to shut up. sat in the room crying. It were just one of those things. An important moment in your childhood was when your dad bought you your first pair of boxing gloves. Ah, it were Christmas and all me brothers got football shirts and football boots, then I ended up with boxing gloves. Me father said it was because I couldn’t play football, which was wrong actually as I always got in to teams. I wasn’t skilful but no one fucking got past me in defence! After showing a bit of promise in amateur boxing, you packed it in. There’s a bit in the book where you describe how you went down the wrong path, and it was a letter from your mother which eventually helped you to turn things around. When I was 17-years-old I was doing Artex ceilings and started drinking with the other blokes after work. That’s how it was back then: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday you’d go for a drink. We’d go out to The Old Mill, Shambles, and we’d often go out in Chesterfield – and that’s where I started getting into trouble fighting, as well as taking speed. I got into some real hassle with some bouncers in a club called Xanadu, they burned my arms with cigarettes, so I went back and whacked one of them. They took me outside, the coppers handcuffed me and handed me back over to the bouncers who give me another hiding. I ended up with community service, and that’s when I got the letter from my mum begging me to sort myself out. It did the trick. Do you ever think about where your life would be if you hadn’t received that letter? I’d have probably done a bit of prison time, but I would have just been a grafter after that. I’m not sure whether I’d have been one of those that go in and out, in and out. I’m too hyper to stay in this house, so prison definitely would definitely not have suited me. There’s one or two allusions to a bit of a rivalry with the Ingle gym in the book. How much of that was genuine? It wasn’t really a rivalry, no. They were just churning champions out and getting all the fights, whereas my career was on the up and I was still getting the smaller fights. It was boxers like Naz getting on the big undercards. They’d be getting all the headlines and my mates would say to me “Nah then, Clint, why are tha not getting in the paper?” I’d tell them I wasn’t bothered, but I was. The funny thing is, in later years I probably got more recognition than all the other Sheffield boxers. My name was put on the Sheffield Walk of Fame and I have the statue in Kilamarsh. As I started winning titles and selling out shows regularly in Sheffield, things started to even out in that respect. How do you feel you’d do in today’s boxing world, with all the focus on trash talk and pre-match hype? I’d hate it. I always hated all that. It made me feel embarrassed because I know it’s all for show. To be honest, it’s always happened but that was just not my style. I remember Tarver giving me a load
of grief once, banging the table and shouting about knocking me out. All I could think to say in response was “Er, you want to learn some manners, pal.” Towards the end of the book, you talk about your frustration at the attitude of some of the younger kids you’ve come across in training. It does my head in. Kids turn pro and straightaway want a sponsor. I’d say to ‘em, “Get a fucking job!” I grafted and did labouring jobs, but today you get kids wanting sponsorship without winning professional fights. It’s mad. How did you adjust to life after boxing? It’s been well-documented recently how some boxers can find it a struggle. I’m quite lucky, I’ve got my gym and it gives me a place to go and graft. I literally can’t employ people to help me because it kills ‘em. People come to my gym for boxing fitness, they’ll go on the pads with me and I could go through 200 pads a day. I work hard but have a reyt laugh at the same time in the gym. I’ll get kids ready in the morning, take them to school, then head to the gym for oneto-one sessions. I have clients that come from all over country. One lad, from Liverpool, offered me some work as a bailiff, and it’s mad money they’re on so I thought about it, but it’d mean spending a lot of time away from Sheffield and I don’t really fancy that. CLINTON WOODS AND MARK TURLEY
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At some point in life you will more than likely be privy to a ‘Sheffield music moment’, a specific experience or moment in time which gives a measure of how much a band or musician means to the city’s people. I find they are handy pieces of evidence when it comes to separating the wealth of good local bands to those you could get away with describing as iconic. For me, a Sheffield music moment is the instant swamping of wedding dancefloors during the opening chords of ‘Common People’; it’s seeing couples instinctively nudge a little bit closer when they hear ‘Coles Corner’; and the way tipsy middle-aged women dance to Human League records on a Saturday night. It’s a special thing, that’s for sure, and pretty damn charming when you notice it going on. There was a point during Milburn’s comeback gig at Don Valley, a thoroughly piss-soaked-through affair back in June, when they played seminal track ‘What You Could Have Won’ as the final offering on their encore. Shunted forward in the swell, I took a momement to look around at the pandemonium: thousands bounced and sang each word back at the stage with gusto; there was a kid with a pair of outstretched crutches held aloft on some shoulders just in front; elsewhere, groups of friends and families threw arms around each other to make mini-moshpit circles on the periphery of the carnage. It was genuinely moving. A proper Sheffield music moment. In fact, the reception at those return gigs was so impressive, what initially started as a trio of homecoming gigs to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut led to a wider tour, which was soon to be followed by the announcement of a brand new album for fans to get their teeth stuck into: Time. On the subject of time, Joe Carnall is running a tad late for our meeting at The Greystones today. “He’ll blame it on the baby, always does nowadays,” jokes drummer Joe Green, who was admirably punctual and already halfway through a sarnie by the time I’d arrived. Ahead of first their album in ten years, Milburn have teamed up with Exposed: In Session to film a live track ahead of the release, but we decided to go one step further and hook up a cover interview a few hours before the cameras started to roll. A few minutes pass and Carnall arrives with proffered apologies, we grab some drinks and jump straight into the album chat.
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Time itself is an important theme on the record? JC: Yeah, the passing of time overarches the whole thing – how time has passed for the band, our fans, us individually. It’s an obvious title in that sense. Taking a step or two back, the full band reunion came around following the success of the Sheffield gigs. Is that right? JG: I suppose it was just a case of when we got back to rehearse for those few gigs, we began throwing a few ideas around. Joe’s always writing, Tom’s always writing, so there was always stuff to go at. JC: Following the Sheffield gigs we were bowled over with the amount of people that came to see us, and the agent who I’d been working with on my solo stuff said he could get us a tour at the end of the year. We said yes to that and eventually came to the conclusion that we should write some new material for it; we didn’t just want to do a complete nostalgia trip. When you eventually decided on doing the album, did you all sit down to discuss where the band was at and where the sound should be heading? JC: We probably should have, but we never really speak about anything seriously. You might get about six seconds of serious conversation before someone pipes up with something daft. JG: Yeah, it’s a difficult one because all you can really do is go into the studio with the ideas you’ve got. If you sit down and write a brief that’s where things start to become a bit false. Can having a specific blueprint for an album stifle the creative process? JC: I think you can overthink it a bit, yeah. It removes the natural element from songwriting.
For me, ‘Midnight Control’ was a really important song; it was the first track we wrote and if it didn’t sound any good, then I honestly think we wouldn’t have gone on to do a record. If anything was a blueprint, I think that track stood as a good marker for where we wanted to be. Are there any tracks which stand out for you personally? JC: The biggest one for me is ‘All the Love and Hate’, a slower track on the album, as I think it pushed us the furthest out of our comfort zone and I quite like doing that. It’s important to move away from what people expect every now and again. For a couple of weeks I was obsessed with Echo & The Bunnymen and that ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ track, just how amazingly put together it is and how good the lyrics are. I had this chord pattern and I felt we needed a slow mid-tempo track on the record because the fast stuff is quite easy for us, we can bash that out, but I like being able to slow down and plan something out properly. JG: What’s the one we finished off at 2Fly [Studios]? ‘A.O.S.D’, wasn’t it? That’s a highlight for me because it was something we were originally going to lob away, but I feel like it stands out amongst everything else on the record. It puts another spin on things. Are you ever conscious when making new music that in a way you’re up against your own anthems? You could write a strong tune, but it takes a lot to replace firmly embedded favourites like ‘What You Could Have Won’ and ‘Roll Out the Barrell’. JC: I think we’ve done well to compromise between what people might want and what we want to do from a creative perspective. There are three or four unmistakeable
Milburn songs on this album, but we’ve allowed ourselves a bit of progression too. I think ‘Midnight Control’ is a good example: it’s definitely us, but ten years down the line. ’0540’ is definitely a Milburn tune as well, but almost a bit too much like the old us. There are definitely a couple of nostalgic nods on some tracks scattered throughout. JC: Well, we decided that – let’s face it – we were back in the studio because Milburn fans came out and backed us. With that in mind, it’s really self-absorbed to go away and write a fucking techno record or something. It’s about finding the right balance so everyone can get something out of it. Which track will you be playing in the session today? JC: ‘Nothing For You’. Tell us a bit about that one. JC: That nearly got thrown away an’ all. JG: Ah, it did. It was your stubbornness that got it back in. JC: Yeah, classic frontman stubbornness. Tom [Rowley] sent me over a riff and the first line, so it started from there. That figures because it’s a very Dead Sonsesque intro. JC: It does start that way, but I think it’s a good example of how me and Tom can work well together. The first version didn’t quite work out; we took it to the studio, it didn’t really happen and I got quite despondent about it – but I just knew it had something. I added a chorus and I think you can hear the differing influences on the track. JG: Yeah, it’s all our old experiences and knowledge combining. Has anything changed in terms of the band’s dynamic over ten years? JG: You would think so, wouldn’t you? We still have pretty much exactly the same arguments,
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The first Milburn gig JG: Bob Webster’s 40th birthday at Gatty Hall in Ecclesfield. It was covers mostly and Louis sang ‘Killing In The Name Of ’ wearing a beanie hat. We had to play Free – ‘Alright Now’ because it was Bob’s favourite song, but there was also Bloodhound Gang, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Thin Lizzy, Nirvana all chucked in. It were a reyt set actually! The band’s first song JC: Tom would be able to tell you this. JG: ‘High and Dry’? JC: Nah, before that. I’d go with ‘Steel Town’ because that was our first “hit”. It were big around Ecco, that track. Their least favourite tune JG: ‘Storm in a Teacup’. That song proper winds me up and we actually ended up dropping it from our sets. JC: Probably something off the first album that I’m not a fan of anymore. ‘Lipstick Licking’ gets right on my tits nowadays. Right on my tits.
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or at least the same people have the same arguments. JC: I’d say the biggest change is that all of us are a bit more willing to laugh at ourselves now. We also accept that arguments are going to take place and try to work our way through them, almost like grownups. Me and Tom argue about literally everything in the universe. JG: Yeah, when you both agree it’s pretty shocking. But we let them get on with it, because if they feel that passionately about something to do with the music, we’re happy for them to have it out. Whoever keeps arguing the longest usually wins. JC: And that’s usually me. Bill Ryder-Jones came on-board for production duties. Is there anything in particular he brought to the record or the process of putting it together? JG: He’s obviously a great musician and he’s very good at hearing what the song should sound like before it’s finished; he can write parts which really suit it and nice touches that really complement it. JC: He was very good at refereeing the arguments. If we were disagreeing amongst ourselves about something, Bill would come in with his suggestion and 95% of the time we’d go with it. And you’d all head up to Parr Street Studios in Liverpool to work on it in chunks? JC: Yeah, we went up four times all together but whenever we were there it was literally like a stag do. I think because of everything we’ve achieved with the band, plus the fact that we’ve known each other since were six and for the most part really get on, it basically became a bit of a session. The atmosphere was great. Is there a touch of nerves ahead of release date? Or are we over all of that now? JG: It’ll be nice for people to have a chance to give it a listen because we’ve been sat on it for far too long now. I’m looking forward to putting these songs into a set now, seeing how they slot in amongst the others. JC: I genuinely don’t care what number it might or might not get to in the charts. I think it’s entirely irrelevant and it doesn’t really mean anything. I imagine it’s a very different feeling compared to the release dates on your previous albums? JC: There was an awful lot more pressure even though we were younger and didn’t have the same responsibilities we have today. Looking back, I think we rushed the second album out in trying to combat the ‘you’re just a shit Arctic Monkeys’ accusations.
Were the Arctic Monkeys comparisons a genuine weight on your shoulders back then? JG: Well, literally everything you read about us had some sort of reference to it. It was hard not to notice it; just the same sort of comments recycled over and over again by boring journalists. JC: I guess with the first record you could see the likenesses because it was a time and a place where all these bands sounded a bit similar. It was how Sheffield music sounded at a certain time. My only gripe is this: if it was a bunch of bands sounding similar from Manchester, Liverpool or London then it’s just part of the scene, but Sheffield bands were hammered for it. I think everyone’s a bit bored of it now anyway, and we’ve proved that we’re a bit better than all that. What does this record mean to you as a band? JC: I think I can probably speak for Greeny and the rest when I say that you should never underestimate the importance of being given money to go into a studio and make a proper record, an album that people are going to care about. I’ve been lucky enough to do it four times now, if you include the last Reverend album, and each one is a big part of your life; you’ll always remember every record you make. So, first and foremost, making records is what a musician looks back to and hangs their memories on. And with this record – the first Milburn album in ten years – there have been a lot of questions about what we’d sound like today, and it’s this album. We’ve not fallen into the trap of trying to sound like we were 18 again, but it’s still good enough for people to identify that it’s still us. It’s a fine line to walk and I think we’ve pulled it off. We’re quite proud of that. JG: Plus it’s better than half of the shit out there at the moment.
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SUSHI FOR BEGINNERS Scared to jump in the deep end with sushi? Then dip your toes in first. Richard advises trying their vegan and vegetarian sushi, or the sushi with cooked chicken and fish. If you like smoked salmon then move on to a salmon nigiri or maki roll. “You just have to keep an open mind and remember you might not like one dish, but that does not mean you do not like sushi.”
Tucked away on Campo Lane just behind the cathedral, sushi and noodle bar Sakushi has been serving up award-winning Asian cuisine for the best part of a decade now. With a healthy list of accolades under its belt, the restaurant is showing no signs of letting standards slip and remains a shining beacon for Japanese snap in Sheffield. So, why go here? Well, apart from winning a whole bunch of awards – Eat Sheffield’s Best Asian Restaurant 2016 and 2014, winner of the British Takeaway Awards in 2015 and named Best Japanese Takeaway in Britain in 2014 – they’ve got a revolving fresh sushi belt and you can order as many times as you like. Perfect for both substantial evening meals and light lunches, you can nibble your way through a stack of
plates or grab what you want for a quick fix. What’s the vibe? You won’t need to iron your tux; it’s more of a casual dining atmosphere here. General Manager Richard told Exposed: “At Sakushi we are all about people having a great time. We often get customers to sample new dishes and give feedback on what they think. We like to make people feel welcome, staff really get to know the customers and value their feedback”. What should I order? The sushi takes centre stage (literally – it revolves around the middle of the restaurant) but they also do big bowls of delicious ramen noodles, fresh sashimi, kare, yaki, tempura, don buri, teriyaki dons, chahan … actually you’re on your own here because we can’t decide either!
Sakushi, 27 Campo Lane. For more info or to order online, head to www. sakushi.co.uk or give them a call on 0114 2737 399.
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Sushi can be a top choice for the health-conscious when eaten in moderation (and probably without the deep-fried items). Just take a look at the benefits... The nori: The dried seaweed sheets contain iodine, magnesium, calcium, iron and folic acid – all good stuff to keep you ticking over. The fillings: Fish in general is a great way to get protein without the calories and salmon, a staple of most sushi menus, is especially high in omega-3 fatty acids. Mackerel, lake trout and tuna also pack an omega punch. The veg that often appears in sushi has its own benefits too, such as asparagus (vitamins A,B2,B6,C,E and K and numerous minerals), shitake mushrooms (selenium, iron, dietary fibre, protein) and even the humble cucumber contains pantothenic acid, potassium, manganese … you get the picture. The accompaniments: Ginger contains an anti-inflammatory which is thought to help with arthritis, and it soothes the digestive system – so good for when you’ve picked one too many dishes off the belt.
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Peanut and sweet chilli salmon Say Cheese! Sweet and sticky, zingy and spicy, this flavoursome salmon is easy to prepare at home. It tastes best when allowed to marinate overnight. Serves 6. Prep time: Approx. 10 minutes, plus 4-12 hours marinating Cook time: Approx. 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 6 salmon fillets (boneless, skin-on) 250ml sweet chilli sauce 3 limes 1 bunch coriander 1 red chilli 50g sesame seeds 200g peanuts METHOD Marinate the salmon in the sweet chilli sauce and the zest and juice of two of the limes. Marinate for 4-6 hours or ideally overnight in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. In a food processor or blender, blitz the coriander, chilli and the zest of the third lime. Add sesame seeds and peanuts and blitz again. Place the salmon on the lined baking tray skin-side up. Sprinkle over the peanut mix and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
So. Cheese. Let’s face it – it’s pretty darn good, which is why we’re pretty stoked by the news that Sheffield’s very own Cheese Fest will be landing in November. The event will take place in Plug on Saturday 25th November, so make sure you get down there to taste the classics as well as find some new favourites. Expect melted raclette, gooey mozzarella sticks, mouthwatering mac & cheese and halloumi fries. Not only will there be cheese, but there also be a selection of wine, craft beers and port on offer. Bangin’. www.cheesefestuk.com
Goodbye Rocking Chair, hello Café Totem. The much loved live music venue has undergone major changes, turning it into a brand new venue, café and bar. We can expect a lot of the same spirit, with local and touring bands regularly playing downstairs, but there’s an extended stage area, upgraded sound system and a bit of TLC on the old furnishings. They’ll be serving coffee and light meals in the day, too, with extended seating now available in the upstairs area. www.cafetotem.com
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The guys behind rooftop bar INC have opened up a coffee shop on the second floor of Krynkl serving speciality coffee, superfood salad bowl/ wraps and cold-pressed juices. INC Coffee Lab may be hidden away on the second floor of the shipping container development, but they’re hoping to draw people in with their locally-produced top quality coffee and enticing food offers. Pop in for a brew next time you’re in the area. @Inc_Sheffield
The Whole Pie
Pie enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that a restaurant entirely dedicated to some crusty goodness should be arriving in the city centre soon. While they’re still looking for a site to set up home, Pieminster expect to be bringing their award-winning meat and veggie offerings along with a range of local ales and cider, wines and freshly roasted coffee to Sheff soon. Head to the website for more info and updates. www.pieminister.co.uk
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MAGIC ROCK BREWING It’s great to see Sheffield full of student life again; the city really is buzzing after the long, lazy days of summer. Our fourth featured brewery in our new Exposed beer column isn’t based in Sheffield, but as you’ll see, there’s a strong Steel City connection and with Hudddersfield just a quick train journey away across the hills, Magic Rock can definitely be claimed as a near(ish) neighbour! Started by the Burhouse family back in 2011, the brewery is now fully headed by Richard and it’s his Head Brewer Stuart Ross, which provides the local connection. Stuart is a Sheffield lad and spent his early years brewing around the city’s beer scene. Since joining forces with Magic Rock it has been a meteoric rise that shows no signs of stopping. In 2012 the independent beer ratings website, Ratebeer, had Magic Rock as the ‘2nd best new brewery in the world’, all based on drinker reviews and ratings. 2015 saw them move to a new site a short walk from Huddersfield town centre and they now knock out over 2.5 million pints per year! Their onsite brewery tap is a sight to behold and if you haven’t visited already, you really do need to get it on your ‘must visit’ list. The simple focus of everything they do is quality: providing the best ingredients, the best techniques and modern, exciting ideas all packaged together to make it a brewery everyone can love.
Hop to it – Sheffield Beer and Cider Festival Returns! If any proof were needed of Sheffield’s status as one of the top beer destinations in the UK, you’ll find it down at Kelham Island Museum this month. The atmospheric industrial museum will its doors to the Steel City Beer and Cider festival from the 18-21 October, showcasing over 200 real ales, international craft beers, traditional ciders and perries for
visitors to sample over four days. Now in its 43rd year, the festival annually welcomes around 5,000 enthusiasts from all over the UK – so be sure to get in early to avoid disappointment. And although the beer alone might be enough to tempt you along, there will also be a wide array of food stalls and live music on offer to keep you entertained.
Head to sheffieldcamra.org.uk/festival for opening times and admission prices
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Sheffield’s first board game café, The Treehouse Café, opened on Boston Street last month and Exposed was there on opening night to enjoy the fun. Asked about the inspiration behind the venture, co-owner Ruth told us: “Nowadays I think we spend more times on our phones and less time actually talking to each other. This is a way of getting people to do interact properly; even if it’s just looking each other in the eye and lying to each other, it’s still something! It’s all about interacting with each other and getting to know one another in an engaged way.” They have an extensive library of over 300 board games and a team of friendly game gurus on hand to help explain the rules and recommend games of all genres. Food-wise, they’ll be serving up treats like bagels, grilled cheese, sharing plates and cakes – many of which are from local independent suppliers such as Seven Hills Bakery, Birdhouse Tea, Fraser’s Coffee Roasters, Tower of Bagel and Waterall. There is also plenty of beer, cider and wine to choose from, including mighty fine range of craft beer on draught. During the day you can visit Treehouse like a normal café, however in the evenings and on weekends the cover charge of £5 per adult is compulsory (£2.50 if you’re a member). If you have a NUS card, you can play games for free up to 7pm on weekdays! For more info head to www.treehousesheffield.com
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The Botanist has settled nicely in Leopold Square’s pleasant surroundings, quickly establishing itself as a popular venue for inventive cocktails and tasty food offerings. We arrived one Sunday afternoon, ready and raring to get stuck into their new Sunday roast menu. Heading upstairs to the large picturesque dining room, previously serving a school hall but today, with vines intertwining between the wooden furnishings and various antiquities and trinkets hanging from the walls, it feels more akin to a secret garden.
Looking Fresh at The Frog After closing its doors for a stint last month, The Frog & Parrot have reopened with an extensive £100k refurb for punters to enjoy. As well as a number of substantial aesthetic improvements both outside and in, the pub’s sound system has been upgraded to a high standard as the venue seeks to continue its status as a live music haven. The new PA system was signed off by ex-PULP member Russell Senior, no less. “We’re steeped in Sheffield music history,” Frog & Parrot general manager Nick Simmonite told Exposed. “Joe Cocker signed his first record deal here and we’ve had some huge bands playing over the years. We’re proud of the diversity of our crowd, it’s a place people
come to catch up with old mates and to meet new ones. We’re happy with the refurb and think we’ve given it the spruce up it deserves.” Nods to the city’s musical heritage can now be found dotted around the place, with lyrics from the likes of Def Leppard, PULP, Arctic Monkeys, Alvarez Kings and more to be discovered, or you could compare your collection to the wall filled with Sheffield vinyl. Upcoming gigs will be curated by Reyt Good Music, new arrivals Northern Exposure and a number of others – check facebook.com/ frogandparrot for full details. Fancy checking it out for yourself? Pop in for a fill of quality drink, grub and music next time you’re around Division Street.
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First – drinks. I ordered the The Believer cocktail which was created especially for the charity Barnardo’s. It came in a tall glass of beautifully crafted gin punch married together with peach liquor, ginger, jasmine, lemon and apple. The finishing touches came courtesy of a kiwi fan, mint sprig and the signature Botanist liquid. I sipped on this refreshing, zingy concoction whilst deciding on which starters to order, eventually opting for the homemade scotch egg which came crispy on the outside and wonderfully yolky on the inside. The egg was in good company as my partners orders of tasty, crispy calamari and the supremely creamy smoked haddock fondue. All were put away in a short space of time. Time for the biggies; and speaking of big, the Yorkshire puddings were actually humongous! So big, in fact, that I’m almost certain the rest of the roast would have fitted snugly inside one. Out of the choice of pork, beef, lamb, chicken or nut roast, I went for the outdoor-reared slow roast pork belly served with fresh Bramley apple sauce. This was mouth-wateringly good: the meat was tender and the crackling was spot on. It came with honey mustard glazed carrots, braised red cabbage, tenderstem broccoli and roast potatoes which all served as delicious accompaniments. My dining partners opted for the rotisserie-roasted premium English beef served with homemade horseradish cream, while the other had the slow-roasted rotisserie chicken seasoned with Piri-Piri sea salt. Both sang the praises of each dish, making particular reference to the succulent meats and tasty traditional flavours. And if that wasn’t enough food already, we got a few sides to make the most of things: gloriously cheesy cauliflower cheese, buttered mash (so good that we got an extra portion) and baked courgette, sage & apricot stuffing balls which were a little dry but nothing a good dousing of gravy couldn’t fix.
All in all it was scrumptious, and that’s coming from someone who isn’t too big on Sunday roasts! The toffee apple, pear and almond crumble was tempting us but we held our hands up and admitted defeat – maybe next time, eh?
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New to the city? Returning home? Never left? Whichever one it is, here’s a big Sheffield greeting from Henderson’s Relish! Since 1885, the much-loved local condiment has featured on dinner tables in Sheffield. In a city which has given the world so much in the form of manufacturing, music, film, art and sport – Henderson’s Relish remains a main source (or should that be ‘sauce’?) of admiration for Sheffielders. It embodies the very essence of what makes the city great. It is the cultural lifeblood behind its character.
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Henry Henderson blended the first batch of his famous Relish in 1885. Originally created at 35 Broad Lane, Sheffield, Henderson’s Relish is still being made and has been in uninterrupted production within a short distance of the site on which the first bottle was filled. And now, more than 130 years later, much in the world has changed but Henderson’s has not: they are
1885 – Henry Henderson brews his first batch of Henderson’s Relish. 1910 – After its popularity booms across the city, a pickle manufacturing company called Shaws of Huddersfield sees enough potential to make an offer to buy the business. The bid was accepted and premises moved to 66 Leavygreave Road (where you can still see the old sign today). 1940 – Charles Hinksman purchases the company from the Shaws. 1959 – The company is incorporated as Henderson’s (Sheffield) Limited, as it still exists today.
still a family business and are still blending their secret recipe, known only to three living peeople. Known locally as ‘Henderson’s’ or simply ‘Hendo’s’, the blend of tamarinds, cayenne peppers, vinegar, garlic and cloves adds a unique flavour to any dish. It’s most commonly used as a condiment; splashed onto pies, stews and casseroles, or sprinkled liberally over chips and cheese on toast. Henderson’s Relish is gluten-free and approved by the Vegetarian Society. Henderson’s Relish has inspired painters and poets, songwriters and film-makers. It has a legion of fans spread all around the world and bottles are regularly posted to Hendo’s lovers in Australia, Canada and Dubai. In fact, whilst filming Sharpe in 2008, Sean Bean once ordered a batch to his film set in India! Why not find out what all the fuss is about for yourself? Splash a little Hendo’s on a wide range of dishes for a fuller, richer flavour.
1991 – Dr Kenneth Freeman (the nephew of Charles Hinksman) becomes Managing Director. Alongside his wife, Pamela, Dr Freeman oversees huge developments in the company’s profile. 1996 – Sainsbury’s become the company’s largest supermarket partner. 2001 – Richard Hawley holds a party in the yard of the Henderson’s factory to celebrate the launch of his debut album. 2013 – Arctic Monkeys release a specially commissioned bottle to celebrate the launch of AM, their fifth studio album.
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2013 – The company moves from the humble yet iconic Leavygreave Road building to larger premises at Sheffield Parkway Business Park. 2014 – ‘Hendogate’ erupts as Labour MP Jim Dowd compares the relish to Worcester Sauce during a House of Commons speech. Following uproar from Sheffielders, Dowd visits the city to (literally) eat humble pie drenched with Hendo’s and retracts his comment.
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Hi Matt, what’s it like working for Sheffield’s favourite product? I’m very proud to work for Henderson’s. Each day brings different challenges, but it is great fun! Henderson’s is a famous old family business, but the relish really belongs to the city of Sheffield and its people – so I work for you! As makers we are very aware of this. We deliver something unique and special to the city, so we represent Sheffield values in how we run the company. Maybe that’s why we’re still in business after 130 years. This city is constantly changing, evolving. But the warmth of Sheffield’s character remains, in part because of products like Henderson’s Relish reflecting what the place is all about: strong, northern and unique. We’ve seen all sorts of fan tributes to Henderson’s Relish over the years – tattoos, paintings, even poems! Yes, I do have some favourites. The family in particular are genuinely very humbled that Henderson’s Relish continues to inspire musicians, artists, poets, chefs, brewers, cake-makers and more to express the special relationship they feel for the product through creativity. Are there any exciting plans ahead for Henderson’s? We’re always planning ahead, but you’ll have to wait and see! We hear rumours about a Henderson’s Relish themed bar opening at the old factory site. Can you give us an update on this? I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen next, unfortunately. I have met with the team at the university to discuss their plans for Leavygreave Rd (they bought the old factory site a few years ago). As far as I know, the plans are publicly available as part of the university campus masterplan and public realm project and I don’t think these have changed recently. For any student arrivals to Sheffield who might not have tried our famous relish, what would you advise them to try it with? Personally, I put Henderson’s Relish on pies, stews and on chips. It’s also good on bolognese, cheese on toast and chilli dishes – but that’s just the start of a very exhaustive list! Finally, fancy giving us a little heads-up on the secret ingredient? We won’t tell anyone … promise! Ha! I’m afraid the Henderson’s Relish recipe remains a secret! It’s known by only three members of the family, who remain actively involved in the business and add something special to every bottle! WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK| |51 51
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Fed up with our usual lunchtime diet of cold sarnies and naff supermarket meal deals, Exposed decided to head down to The Moor Market and treat ourselves to a real feast last month. With a wide range of independent food traders on offer and plenty of bargains to be had, it wasn’t long before we were chowing down in earnest. After a bit of inspiration for your dinner break? Here’s what we’d highly recommend…
If you’re after some fragrant, subtly spiced fare then make Hungry Buddha your first port of call. The premise is pretty simple: you can choose between 3 Nepalese curries – meat, veggie or a mixture of both. They come served as a Thali, so you also get rice, pickles, chutneys AND a dal to fill your belly. The curries themselves are bursting with flavour; the tender, melt-in-the-mouth meat dishes sit alongside a selection of well-cooked veg. Washed down with a cup of traditional Nepalese tea, it’s a hugely satisfying lunchtime alternative and well worth a nudge.
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After running a café in Castle Market for 11 years, Carter’s Kitchen brought their home cooking inspired grub to the Moor Market’s food hall. Carter’s speciality is serving up hearty classics like shepherd’s pie, all day breakfast and generously proportioned pastries at bargain prices. We had to try a slab of the famous homemade chocolate cake, which sandwiched a tasty buttercream filling and tasted every bit as good as the ones we remembered from our childhoods. With cheerful decoration and staff, it’s a friendly place to stop if you’re after a proper hot meal for a cheaper price than most posh sarnies.
Stalls with the biggest queues tend to be busy for a reason, and La Sania’s mix of mouthwatering flavours and affordable deals makes it an unsurprisingly popular destination for the market’s lunchgoers. Choice is plentiful with a range of curries, pizzas, burgers, wraps and sandwiches to browse. We went for the chicken tikka wrap meal, which came with chips and a drink for a mere £4 – an absolute bargain, especially when you take into account the very generous portions involved. The wrap itself was fresh, meaty and served with a nice dollop of chilli sauce to provide a welcome kick. Winner.
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There certainly isn’t a shortage of good chippies in Sheff; however, great chippies are harder to come by. The Market Chippy certainly falls into the latter category and has amassed a dedicated following since making the move to The Moor Market last year. The mini cod, chips and side special for £3.70 is nothing short of a steal when considering the portions involved. The batter to cod ratio was spot on and all-in-all a nice, crispy affair. The generous mound of chips were ‘proper chippie chips’ and the gravy dangerously dunkworthy. Chippie lunches FTW.
Opening Crepes and Go was the dream of Attila Nagy and his partner Dorina Feher. After running the business at food festivals in America they decided to set up in Sheffield, telling us “there was nothing like this in the city before”. Now open for four months the small crepe stall has an impressive range of fillings to try like blueberries, coconut and pineapple as well as cheesy savoury crepes and milkshakes. Exposed tried the Nutella crepe with fresh strawberries and bananas. Our verdict? The fluffy crepes and fresh fillings were divine and will have us back soon. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 53
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DEVONSHIRE DOME @ SENSORIA FESTIVAL Devonshire Green // 7 Oct // Free An opportunity to listen to some great music in the heart of the city, Sensoria Festival are erecting a dome on Devonshire Green to round off this year’s event. There’s a wide variety of acts on offer, all with a distinct edge binding music and film. Booking is recommended. www.sensoria.org.uk THE BIG DRAW Millennium Gallery // 14 Oct // Free As part of events happening worldwide to celebrate drawing and illustration, Museums Sheffield are running a day of activities at the Millennium Gallery. This year’s theme is ‘Living Lines’ and aims to explore the ways to make your marks on a page come alive. Expect activities involving the simplest of flip books to the cutting edge of modern gaming and film. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk OXJAM SHEFFIELD 2017 Various venues // 21 Oct // £4 Early bird Oxjam Sheffield is part of a nationwide series of festivals that promote local artists and help raise money for charity. A range of local favourites such as Steel City Rhythm, Bison and Dead Slow Hoot (plus many, many more) will be playing the live music all-dayer in some of the city’s finest venues. Facebook.com/OxjamSheffieldFestival A HISTORY OF SHEFFIELD FOOTBALL 1857–1889 The Workstation // 25 Oct // £6/£5 Concs Another event brought to you by Off the Shelf Festival this month, this insight led by Martin Westby promises a feast of football held in the city of its origin. Celebrating notable anniversaries, delving into the lockers of the 19th-century game and discussing the formulation of regulations that now govern the sport worldwide, it’s one not to be missed for lovers of the beautiful game. www.offtheshelf.org.uk
Having a Scream! Annual scarefest Celluloid Screams is back with another hair-raising collection of horror movies to get you in the mood over the Halloween period. Now in its ninth year, the Sheffield horror film festival has prepared another selection of the best in new and classic horror – all to be shown over one frightful weekend! Celluloid Screams 2017 takes place at Showroom Cinema 20–22 October. For the full line-up and ticket options, head to celluloidscreams.co.uk
A Life of Crime Stories of notorious Sheffield murderer and master burglar Charlie Peace have been passed down through the centuries, his infamy being so great that he was even referenced in one of Sir Conan Arthur Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Born into poverty in Victorian Sheffield, Peace was crippled by machinery in a steel rolling mill and left destitute before embarking on a life of crime. The Showroom Cinema have teamed up with Off the Shelf Festival to chart the growth of his legend using rare sources, early cinema portrayals and illustrations. For more information and tickets, head to www. offtheshelf.org
Back in Fashion Winner of ‘Best Vintage Fair’ at the last three national awards, Lou Lou’s returns to Sheffield City Hall this month for their autumn special. Taking place on Saturday 14th October, the huge travelling pop-up event brings 40 stalls of vintage fashion, homeware and collectables for shoppers to pore through. You can make a day of it with tea and cakes provided by the Secret Cake Club, vintage hair dressing on offer from Diamond Diva’s and live music to enjoy. The vintage fair opens 11am-5pm and entry in £2. For more info head to thevintagefair.com WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 59
Remember when Halloween was all about banging on neighbour’s front doors and blagging a load of sweets? Well that’s apparently no longer appropriate once you hit your twenties, so we’ve collated the finest hallow mischief in the city to aid you on a devilishly good night out.
Halloween Spooktacular 31st October // Whirlow Farm Did you say pumpkin carving, the Barney Baloney Show and creepy arts and crafts? Whirlow Farm’s sell out event is a perfect dress up event for your little ones, with the trust also putting on their famous BBQ and hot drinks, so dress up warm! Tickets from £3 www.skiddle.com, more info at www. whirlowhallfarm.org.
Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice
Steel City Ghost Tours
The Village Screen // 3rd November // Whirlow Farm The ever expanding Village Green pop-up cinema will be returning to Whirlow farm for their yearly Halloween event. This year they are screening Halloween classics Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice, simply bring your Halloween spirit and warm blankets and they’ll provide the rest! Tickets from £11.50 and more info at www. villagegreenevents.co.
31st October // Town Hall Walk with the dead on Mr P’s Dreadful Halloween Tour, as Sheffield’s guardian of ghoulishness brings his ‘original’ ghost tour out of the wardrobe to mark their 13th birthday. Meet at 7.30pm on the Town Hall steps. Prices ranging from £2.50, more info at www. steelcityghosttours.co.uk.
Halloween Spooktacular 21st October – 5th November // The Tropical Butterfly House Just a quick trip down the M1 and you’ll find The Tropical Butterfly House and their Halloween bonanza. With live animal encounters, a spooky ghost walk and creepy fun and games; the kids will have their best all hallows eve yet. Ticket prices vary – for more info head to www. butterflyhouse.co.uk.
Spooky Halloween Garden Walk 30th October // Wortley Hall Wortley Hall is a great excursion at any time of year but especially during Halloween when the grounds are transformed into a spooky trail with loads of competitions for the kids. Tickets from £6 and more info at 0114 2882100 or info@ wortleyhall.org.uk.
Little Monsters Halloween Party 29th October // The Moor A free event with loads of Halloween themed activities all day, from dancing, music and funfair rides to a caged mummy and a giant Frankenstein, this is one to keep the kids entertained. More info www.littlesheffield.org.uk. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 61
The Fire and Police Museum Ghost Hunt 27th October // National Emergency Services Museum Having recently been visited by the Most Haunted television team, the old Fire and Police Station is full of poltergeist activity and excitement. You’ll have the chance to use full ghost hunting equipment and take part in various paranormal experiments. Tickets £39 and more info www.dusktilldawnevents. co.uk.
Halloween Ghost Walk 31st October // Town Hall start Go back to Victorian-age Sheffield, with a guided street tour of all the secrets and murders of our steel city ancestors. Running from 10pm-midnight, it’s set to be two hours of spooky scandals. Tickets from £2.20 and more info from www.tickets. sheffieldstudentsunion.com.
Halloween: Street Food Warehouse 30th October // Trafalgar Street Everyone hates Mondays, so extend your weekend at this pop-up street food event on Trafalgar Street. The Warehouse provide their usual intimate, rustic atmosphere with fairy lights and live music but this time with a spooky twist. Free entry, more info at Halloween: Street Food Warehouse Facebook page.
Jigsaw film release 27th October // Various cinemas A new instalment of the Saw franchise is arriving to the big screen and it’s mega. Ten years after the death of the Jigsaw Killer, a copycat murderer is back to pick up where Jigsaw left off. If you don’t fancy a boozy Halloween, head down to your nearest cinema to catch this.
Sheffield General Cemetery Guided Walk 21st October // The Gatehouse Cemetery ‘As dusk falls, discover the history of the cemetery and its residents in this atmospheric guided tour by torchlight.’ Tickets £6 and more info at www.offtheshelf.org.uk.
The Gates of Hell 27th – 31st October // The Great Escape Sheffield New, merciless games come to The Great Escape especially for Halloween. With new sadistic traps and torment, can you beat the clock and escape? Tickets from £17 and more info at www. thegreatescapegame.co.uk/sheffield.
Sunrise Sessions Halloween Special // 28 Oct // Free With an #AllBlackEverything dress code, Sunrise Sessions is the place to celebrate spooky season in style. Live music comes from the brilliant Cat On Sax, a talented saxophonist who plays Ibiza-style rhythms alongside a DJ – plus if you’re after a late one the bar is open ‘til 4am and the casino ‘til 5am. www.napoleons-casinos.co.uk 62 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
FF17 (FearFest 2017)w 28th October // Magna Arriving for its 5th year, FearFest is Yorkshire’s biggest Halloween party with four arenas for you to choose from. The impressive line-up includes Chris Lorenzo, Low Steppa, Jamie Duggan, Burgaboy and loads more. Tickets are running short so grab yours asap. Tickets from £31 www.skiddle.com.
Velvet Burlesque Grand Halloween Ball 28th October // Sheffield City Hall With devilish dancers, madcap magicians, sideshow shenanigans, comedy capers and ferocious freaks’, this disco night isn’t one for the faint-hearted. Fancy dress is a must. Tickets from £35 and more info at www.velvetburlesque.co.uk.
Get your ‘freak’ on 28th October // Leopold Square Leopold Square is getting in on the frightful action with the whole square being taken over for a Halloween special. DJ Ryan Taylor will be playing freaky beats from 5pm, along with a ghoulish character walking around for those selfie opportunities. Resident bars and restaurants will be offering creepy cocktails and deals on dining. More info leopoldsquare.com.
Detonate Hallowen Sheffield 28th October // O2 Academy London lads My Nu Leng are back to headline Detonate’s 2017 Halloween special. The duo are joined by AJ Tracey, SA SA SAS and many more. Pre-sale is already sold out! Tickets from £18. More info at www.detonate1.co.uk.
Evil Scarecrow Halloween Party 28th October // Corp Evil Scarecrow return to Corp for their usual monstrous shenanigans; if you fancy some high class heavy metal and crazy face paint this is the place to spend your Saturday night. Tickets from £12.50 www.corporation.org.uk. More info at www.evilscarecrow.co.uk.
The Living Dead Bar Crawl 31st October // West Street to Carver Street Including six bars and two clubs, this horrifying bar crawl is the Halloween must-do for Sheffield students. Coming to you from Organised Chaos, this Tuesday night spectacular will end its crawl in Crystal’s House of Horror and The Viper Room’s tomb. Tickets from £3 and more info at www.organisedchaosevents.co.uk.
The Hip Hop Horror Show 31st October // The Harley Calling all Applebums, prepare for the regular old school classics brought to you by R&B legends The Applebum Crew. Dress to impress at this ‘scarily dope party’. Tickets from £4 and more information at www.applebum.co.uk.
Stranger Things Halloween 80s Party 12th October // The Leadmill With the long awaited second season of Stranger Things finally on the horizon, The Leadmill are throwing a vinyl only 80s party. A competition is running on their Facebook page for a £30 bar tab (hell yeah) and free Stranger Things goodies and prizes will also be given out on the night to the best dressed. Tickets from £5 and more info at www.ticketarena.co.uk.
Planet Zogg & Mango Disco: Halloween Ball
28th October // Yellow Arch Studios Planet Zogg and Mango Disco have come together to create spooky Halloween antics. Zogg’s bringing you the psych and Mango’s providing the funk, so get your best garms ready for the tropical space zombie themed party. Tickets from £8. More info at www.tickets.partyforthepeople.org.
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OVER THE TWO YEARS THAT GIRL GANG SHEFFIELD HAVE BEEN TOGETHER THEY’VE BROUGHT US INTERACTIVE FILM SCREENINGS, ALTERNATIVE TRAMLINES EVENTS, RECORD LABEL COLLABORATIONS, WORKSHOPS, ART EXHIBITIONS, CLUB NIGHTS AND ONE LUAU PARTY WITH POM-POM MAKING. Exposed sat down with Vanhessa Fruits and Charly Calpin, two people in the collective behind some of the most exciting and downright fun events going on in the city today, to talk about how the group came about and what’s coming up next. So what is Girl Gang? V: Girl Gang is a collective of people who have decided that we want to make a change to the scene of the city we’re living in and wanted people to make friends, to hang out, to put on events, to understand their own creativity and talk about their own health and mental health. It’s a group of us that are just putting on really fun, different events that are about promoting women in the scene and encouraging them to talk together and collaborate. We’ve got artists, DJs and people who aren’t involved in the arts scene at all who just want to hang out! What made you want to set it up? V: It was born when we noticed that as people finished university it was quite hard to make new friends. Once you’ve passed being 18-21,
going up to someone in a bar and being like “let’s be friends” doesn’t really exist anymore. C: We thought to ourselves, ‘why don’t we have a central hub so that everyone can connect?’ There are loads of amazing talented people who find it really difficult to self-promote and it’s loads easier to have someone else going “look at these people”. The Sheffield music scene in particular has always been a bit blokey, right? V: Definitely. It was obvious that the voice of men in Sheffield was much stronger than women and we’re tired of being meek. We should be celebrating how incredible women are in this city and what we’re capable of doing. C: People have also said: “Well, no one told us about any women in the scene!” Well, now there’s no excuse! The programme of events is pretty diverse; you’ve got feminism-related events, but also things like an interactive Battle Royale film screening. V: Well, the ultimate aim of Girl Gang is that
we shouldn’t exist. Which is a weird concept, but we shouldn’t have to be setting up these events run by women and promoting it so hard, it should just be normal. Our events have evolved so that a lot of them are just fun events for everyone to come along to, and which happen to be run by women. Other than not existing – any future plans? V: Where to start... We have a monthly club night at the Gatsby where we play femalecentred music, so we’re doing a Beyoncé night (obviously) and a Rihanna night. Coming up is our 3rd annual Halloween party at Bungalows and Bears, this year the theme is The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. And we’re going to do Speed Mating, which is like speed dating but for a mate. C: We’re launching our zine in October too, the first issue’s called Every Body and will have loads of submissions about how people see their bodies. Oh, and we’ve got the fund! We crowdfunded some money and we want to turn that into a pot for people starting businesses or a community projects. We’re all self-employed so we feel the struggle. V: Sheffield is the city that’s trying to be a town and it should always feel like a community. We just want everyone to be friends – that’s all we want really! Follow girlgangsheffield on Facebook to hear about the latest events.
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October 2017 Since 1932
Monday 23rd October | 8.00pm Tuesday 10th October | 7.30pm 1932 2017
Ned Boulting’s Bikeology Wednesday 11th October | 7.30pm
Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit It’s our 85th Birthday! Wednesday 11th October | 8.00pm Jon Richardson: Old Man
Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?! Tuesday 24th October | 7.30pm
John Mayall In Concert Tuesday 24th October | 8.00pm
Andy Parsons: Peak Bulls**t Wednesday 25th October | 7.30pm
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Richard Thompson with Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Thursday 12th October | 8.00pm
Thursday 26th October | 7.30pm
Thursday 12th October | 7.00pm
Saturday 14th October | 8.00pm
Thursday 26th October | 8.00pm
A Night of Dirty Dancing
Simon Amstell: What Is This?
Sunday 15th October | 8.00pm
Saturday 28th October | 9.30pm
The Grand Hallowe’en Ball
Monday 16th October | 7.30pm
Sunday 29th October | 7.30pm
Train Tuesday 17th October | 8.00pm
Jeremy Hardy: Live 2017 17th & 18th October | 8.00pm
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast 20th & 21st October | 8.30pm
Together In Concert: Midge Ure, The Christians & Altered Images Every Wednesday | 12.30pm
Lunchtime Choir Every Friday & Saturday Doors 7.00pm | Show 8.30pm
Last Laugh Comedy Cabaret
Sunday 22nd October | 8.00pm
Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary
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Is there anything Phill Jupitus hasn’t done? A DJ on BBC 6 Music, team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, poet who supported Billy Bragg in the 1980s, TV and film actor, improv player, and musical star of Hairspray and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, he’s now returning to the live arena for a new stand-up tour in which he gets to be two people. “I have a lot of material to choose from for this tour,” says Phill about his pun-loving stand-up, poetry and music show, Juplicity. “The thing that really works for me is that I support myself as Porky The Poet, so he goes out and does 40 minutes to start the evening. Because of Buzzcocks and other jobs I was given, I let Porky and the poetry slide but after about a decade I came back to it and wrote new poems, often just chucking stuff out on Facebook for mates to read. Combined with the old poems, and factoring in chitchat between them, I had about an hour of material.” With Porky’s poetry supporting the straight stand-up, he’s also got a proven track record of live music behind him from his time with the all-star Idiot Bastard Band. “The songs for this tour are now solid; all that comes from the time I was in the band with Neil Innes and Ade Edmondson. Because I’ve spent time away from touring stand-up, you get better at doing it by building the source material. For the autumn tour I’ll do two hours a night: 40 minutes poetry, quarter of an hour of songs, and the rest is stand-up.” In terms of the stand-up element, Juplicity will draw on his own life, one that he describes merrily as both ‘chaotic’ and ‘flaky’. “Sean Lock has a phrase, which was both inspiring and worrying, about comedians mining our own personalities for material and then in your head negotiating how much you keep back. Initially there was some resistance to me discussing things on stage about my family. One of my daughters, Molly, married her American girlfriend and emigrated there, so what you get is a starting point: gay marriage is a trope that’s very much in vogue at the minute and dovetails with what’s happening in the world with
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Trump and so on. As a comedian you are a person in a society within the world; all you have to do is look at things and shift your camera angle. All comedians can do is put a wider lens on a situation so that it resonates with people.” As with many acts who take to the road for a lengthy period, the show that is conceived at the beginning might not exactly replicate the one which exists by the end. “What happens on the tour becomes added to the tour,” Phill insists. “It snowballs as it rolls down the hill of the dates. I wish I had the discipline of my comedy brothers and sisters and say ‘it’s about this!’ By the end, who knows? It could be about my love of the bridge work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Still, that would do well in Bristol.” One of the trials for a comedian on the road is that endless turnaround of doing a gig, eating late, heading for the hotel, travelling the following day to the next town and repeating the process potentially for months. Phill Jupitus has worked out new routines which work better for him. “I’ve changed the tour pattern in that I now eat before the shows. I used to have lunch on the day of a show because for years I told myself that I liked the energy of being hungry: turns out, no I don’t, because you’re actually irritable. So before a show now, I have a proper knife and fork dinner, and it makes me feel like a new guy on stage. The other thing I try to do, depending on the actual geography, is travel to the next town after a gig, so I’ll wake up where I’m playing that night. Again, it’s a very different energy to what you’re doing because you’re in situ which also gives you stuff to talk about in the first ten minutes of the show. And wherever I am, I look for art galleries and museums, I’ve got a thing about record shops, bookshops, and second-hand tat shops where I might be able to find old badges. Everywhere I go, I try to find those five things.” When Phill started off on his path in entertainment, he probably never thought he’d find himself on a stage, in lots of make-up, belting out a show tune. But that’s one of the paths he’s landed on, with large-scale touring productions such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Spamalot and Hairspray now nestling on his CV. “My agent phoned up and said, ‘there’s a casting director in the West End who wants to talk to you about being Count Fosco in The Woman In White’. I was like, ‘what! I don’t sing!’ ‘Well, they think you do’. Turns out they’d seen me do the intros round on Buzzcocks and felt I could hold a tune. So I took some training and auditioned and they said, ‘maybe not this time, but do you want to be Wilbur in Hairspray?’ I went to see it and even though I’m watching Mel Smith as Wilbur thinking, ‘yeah I could do that’, I kept looking at Michael Ball as Edna and thinking, ‘that looks like a lot of fun’.” As fate would have it, he was offered the part of Edna instead. “I was thrown into it, three months in a dress, wig and lipstick. I’d just come out of 6 Music and felt a bit adrift: ‘do I want to do stand-up again or this or that’, and then Hairspray comes along and then Spamalot comes along. As a stand-up, you don’t think, ‘this is it now’: there are always other options. That’s why there’s a little resentment about stand-ups because we’re so adaptable.” It’s hard to know exactly what’s down the next road for the ever-adaptable Mr Jupitus, but for now he’s enjoying the cut, thrust and edge-of-the-seat jeopardy that only live comedy can truly provide. “I think I’ve found a way of monetising a social dysfunction. I’ve always maintained that there’s something slightly wrong with arts and crafts types putting themselves in the most confrontational situation, which is standing in front of strangers and trying to get them onside.” Whether he’s dressed as a woman in a musical, performing poetry or doing personal stand-up, Phill Jupitus is keeping everyone on his side.
LAST LAUGH COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017: 5 OF THE BEST GREG DAVIES City Hall // 17-18 Oct // £30.80 The BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster is back with his first stand-up show in four years. In You Magnificent Beast, Davies discusses everything from family, education, sickness and death with his usual slice of not for the faint-hearted humour. “One of this country’s best comedians” – The Times.
LUISA OMIELAN City Hall // 23 Oct //£15.68 Following the critical success of her first show What Would Beyonce Do?, Luisa is back with another smash hit live show Am I Right Ladies?! - another powerful, energetic performance which puts society to rights on society’s body-shaming, slut-shaming and mental-health-shaming. “ONE OF THE BIGGEST STAND UP HITS OF THE DECADE” – The Guardian
“SNOOKER IS THE BEST. IT’S BASICALLY TIDYING UP DISGUISED AS SPORT.” Jon Richardson
City Hall // 11 Oct // £22.96 Delightfully awkward and unforgiving when it comes to a good rant, the British Comedy Award nominee and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher? “Sublimely brilliant, stunning…” – Time Out.
MARTIN MOR The Lescar // 22 Oct // £6/£5 NUS Big, bearded and bloomin’ hilarious, well-travelled comedian Martin Mor brings his 30+ years of stand-up experience to the stage in this Fringe special. “A behemoth of comedy … mesmerizing to watch” – Gulf
Phill Jupitus plays Last Laugh Comedy Festival at Sheffield City Hall on 4 Oct. Get tickets and more info from lastlaughcomedyfestival.co.uk
City Hall // 26 Oct // £25.76 Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell is back with What Is This? – a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. “Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous. Highly literate… an endearing mixture of offhanded candour and sharp wit.” – The New York Times Head to lastlaughcomedyfestival.co.uk for the full line-up and ticket info
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SOULJAM: FIVE YEARS OF FUNK The Harley // October 5 // From £5 Hitting the road for a celebratory 5th birthday tour, Soul Jam is bringing the boogie to The Harley. Spend the whole night on the dancefloor with the best sounds in soul, funk and disco. www.theharley.co.uk
MUZIK X SB – WAZE & ODYSSEY, HUXLEY , PAWSA , LEFTWING & KODY, JACKY Code // October 6 //From £11 Another huge booking for Muzik as they round up some of the best house and techno DJs on the scene for their latest bash at Code Warehouse. codesheffield.com
WILKINSON Area Sheffield // October 13 // From £8 One of the biggest names in electronica and DnB, Wilkinson returns to Area Sheffield for a three-hour set at the city’s 2000-capacity superclub. www.areasheffield.co.uk
HOLY GOOF O2 Academy/ October 13/ From £13 Holy Goof ’s sets have the club clearly in its sights. Already gathering significant praise for his distinct mix of fluid bass-house, this up-and-coming DJ has big ambitions. www.o2academysheffield
CIRCA 17: BIG NARSTIE, SIR SPYRO + MORE! Plug // October 14 // From £14 The first event from the exciting new promotions company, Circa17, is a biggie. Headlined by Big Narstie with performances from DJ royalty Sir Spyro and Tsuki, you can expect the biggest and best in grime, bassline and DnB. www.the-plug.com
HUNIE PRESENTS: FRANÇOIS K Southbank Warehouse // October 21 // From £12 The Hunie team have got a new home and they want to party. As an opening gift to the Steel City, they’ve booked a night with French dance legend François K. facebook.com/SouthbankWarehouse
The Tuesday Club announce huge autumn line-ups Legendary Sheffield clubnight The Tuesday Club have released the full line-up for their autumn season, with some of the biggest stars and upcoming talent in bassline, drum ‘n’ bass, house and more hitting Foundry & Fusion across three dates in October. Sheffield University’s underground club night, widely recognised as one the best regular student union events in the UK, fills the Student’s Union with the biggest names in electronic dance music each term. Past guests include the likes of Annie Mac,
Disclosure, Rudimental, Skream, Nero, DJ Fresh, SBTRKT, Jamie XX and many more. Among the headliners this month is drum ‘n’ bass star Shy FX and red-hot house producer Jax Jones. Here are the announced line-ups for this month: OCTOBER 3rd: Shy FX, Stamina MC, Special Guest TBA 17th: Redlight presents Lobster Boy Records Tour, more TBA 24th: Jax Jones, Cloonee, Andy H
All tickets are available at www.tuesday-club.co.uk
KNOWING NO BOUNDS Hope Works’ festival No Bounds have announced a host of new names and venues for their two-day art, music and technology extravaganza. The highly-anticipated event, which will take place 13-15 October, will play host to the likes of Mr G, Saoirse, Luca Lozana and DEBONAIR. The phase two line-up also comes with the news that the festival will be taking place at over 12 stages across eight seperate venues, including Ponds Forge Diving Pool which will feature an underwater installation. Legendary house producer Mr G. joins the already bursting line-up of forward thinking electronic musicians including the godfather of techno Jeff Mills and electro legend DJ Stingray. Resident Advisor have announced they will be hosting the Friday night at Hope Works, across the Warehouse, Courtyard and Little Mesters stages, while Off Me Nut will host Trafalgar Warehouse on the Saturday with Om Unit and much more. Head to noboundsfestival.co.uk for more info WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 71
Fire in the Booth! Popular Radio 1 DJ and grime producer Charlie Sloth will bring his debut album tour to Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Friday 20 October. Sloth made his name in the early 00s on prominent pirate radio stations in London such as Freek FM and Raw FM, eventually going on to star in his own weekly online show ‘Being Charlie Sloth’. He can currently be found on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra where he has found notoriety though his live Fire in the Booth sessions, inviting the likes of Akala, Wretch 32 and most recently viral sensation Roadman Shaq and MC Quakez. Charlie will be joined on the night by a host of grime MCs and DJs, including South London’s Yungen whose latest track ‘Bestie’ has earned him critical acclaim and eight weeks in the UK top 40 charts. K-Koke, who found fame though Fire in the Booth and has amassed over 10 million views on his video, will also be on support duties. Sheffield locals Bluewave complete the bill. Tickets and more info at academymusicgroup.com
TNK Reborn! Just three months after their closing event, the team behind The Night Kitchen have announced an impressive opening season of club nights at new venue Outside Over There. Situated on Stevenson Road in Attercliffe, the venue launched their ‘Rebirth Weekend’ last month with a bassline, DnB and grime event on 29 September, followed by a house/techno party the following night. This month will see tech-house giants Dense & Pika and rising DIY techno star Escorting Sarah hitting the decks on 6 October, as well as a huge Halloween special on 28 October. Sheffield collective Bluewave are set to host two nights, bringing Neighbourhood legend Zed Bias, the genre-bending J:Kenzo and Rinse FM’s Spooky Bizzle and Tempa signee and genre-bending J:Kenzo for their first event. They have also announced a winter carnival for 25 November.
November 3 sees Front and Back presenting Mall Grab, an artist who has had a meteoric rise to fame since his Sheffield debut with Pretty Pretty Good last year. Glasgow Sub Club legends Optimo and Amsterdam’s Red Light Radio whiz kid Orpheu The Wizard complete a strong line-up on the promoter’s second warehouse outing. Outside Over There will also welcome back UK promoters Percolate (who recently held their first festival in London to critical acclaim) on their 5th Birthday tour, following a huge Sheffield debut at The Night Kitchen with Pearson Sound and Beautiful Swimmers earlier this year. Tickets are available now for the majority of the dates on Resident Advisor and Party For the People. Head to facebook.com/ OutsideOverThereSheffield for more info on the venue.
FEAR FEST ANNOUNCE 2017 LINE-UP! Over four stages of acts have been announced for 2017’s Fear Fest. Now in its second year, the event returns on Saturday 28 October with some of the biggest names in garage, bassline, house, grime and drum’n’bass in tow. Headlining the main stage is the king of garage DJ EZ, performing alongside the likes of Giggs and Chris Lorenzo. Taking place at Magna Science Adventure Centre, the event features over 30 artists across four stages hosted by Creation, Sunken, OffMe-Nut and more. Head to facebook.com/FearFestUK for full line-up details. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 73
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Ahead of their Steel City set at brand new rave space Southbank Warehouse, Exposed catches up with Lawrence Burnden of legendary Detroit techno duo Octave One. So, all five of the Burden brothers are DJs. Can you begin by telling us a bit about your musical upbringing together? Early on our mother pushed for us to have some kind of musical training. I don’t know if it was for our betterment as young individuals, or if it was just to keep us all out of trouble.We started out young, taking piano lessons around the ages of 6-9 years old, and we all branched off to playing other instruments after our introduction via the piano lessons. You also release tracks under the alias Random Noise Generation. What separates the two? A little bit of madness separates the two different styles of music. We started off releasing under Octave One, which was our first group and it was pretty much all original vibes – free from samples and such things. We’d really focus on synth sounds and drums created all from original thoughts and ideas. Even when we did vocal work it was with originality in mind. RNG (Random
Noise Generation) was far from that! It was our excuse to break all of our rules and focus on sampling; we take samples and really twist them up to take them as far away from the original sound or context as possible. RNG is also a lot more aggressive usually, when you compare it with the more melodic and softer sound of Octave One. You’ve created a wide variety of sounds over the years, from the 80s pumper ‘I Believe’, electro rollers like ‘Pain Pressure’ to funky classics like ‘Black Water’. How do you keep things fresh? Our goal is to just have fun in the studio and jam out! If it’s a surprise for us and we like it, then we just hope that it will be a nice surprise for our audience too. But we always like to keep the music fresh because we have a lot of fans that see us multiple times; we can get bored very quickly, so we have to keep things moving to keep it exciting. You hail from Detroit, the birthplace of techno. How did you
set yourselves apart from other music producers when starting out? Yeah, being from Detroit means techno is our birthright! But it wasn’t hard to set ourselves apart in the beginning because the main goal for all of us who were producing back then was to be as different as we possibly could. We always tried to introduce new styles to the scene that would set us apart. In order to produce music, you had to purchase gear which was hardware. It took quite some time to save enough money for the equipment and even longer to perfect how to use that piece of valuable gear you just purchased. You didn’t want to just buy it, you wanted to be the true master of it! Is the techno scene in Detroit entirely its own entity? Or is there much crossover with the motown/ soul history? With there being so many people that were part of motown back in the day it’s bound to have some areas
of intersect, but for the most part Detroit techno is its own entity. But yes, there are a few members of the techno scene that have either limited ties to the motown area, or are direct descendants of people who were part of that scene. You’ve been in the techno game almost three decades. How has it changed from the 80s to 2017? There are many more productions being released now than there ever was in the 80s – so much so that we can barely keep up with the amount of tracks being released! There is also probably four times the amount of producers trying to get into the market at the same time, plus many more songs considered to be classics were released in the 80s compared to now. Music seems to be a lot more disposable now: it’s promoted, released and then shelved in almost the same week now. Before you know it, a track is gone never to return to the dancefloor again.
Octave One play Southbank Warehouse on Friday 3 November. Tickets are available now from Resident Advisor.
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Most Sheffield students – both past and current – have experienced the feeling: head pounding, memories blurred, queasy stomach, yet entirely comforted in the knowledge that you’ve just had one of the best nights of your young life. Corp has the unique ability to make you blush at your recollections while you simultaneously count down the days until you can get back inside. Thousands of students returned to their favourite late-night haunt during Freshers Week this year, but many would be experiencing the wonderment of a sweaty Skool Disco for the first time. Bless ‘em. My task was to spend the night with the curators of Corp TV, an online series which manages to encapsulate the madness of a student night out into a 3-minute episode loaded with humour, wit and of course, a touch of debauchery. Meeting at the nearby Devonshire
Cat before the chaos begins, I speak with filmmaker Tristan Ayling who took charge of filming in 2016 and has seen the series grow in popularity. It is clear from speaking to him that he’s very passionate about this line of work, something which becomes more evident in the quality (and hilarity) of the end result. Tristan is joined by his partner, Jess, who shares the same dedication for their work that he does. Following what can be a five-hour night, they will sift straight through two hours of footage and condense that down to just 180 seconds, often getting it finished by the next day. The third member of the crew with us was John, the enigmatic host who fans of the show will know well. John has been with Corp TV for over three years and hosts at least two shows per week. Since John and Tristan have started working together the view counts
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clubbers and are actually looking forward to catching up. With that, it was time to descend onto Corporation; the time was 11pm and it was sure to be heaving by now. Walking down Eldon Street the queue takes up the whole road, scores of excited Freshers huddle together with no idea what is about to hit them, as one one of the city’s best no-frills clubbing experiences awaits mere yards from where they stand. Once we are in, we make our way to the back of the stage in the main room, and already people are vying for the attention of John and shouting “Corp TV!” Tristan sets up his camera and the crew go to conduct some interviews around the club. It’s a sea of school uniforms, the white shirts regularly sporting a whopping have been rising, regularly amassing 10,000 views each week and with a recent Corp Friday episode currently clocking in at around 35,000. They put this is down to how well they get on with each other and the dynamic between club-goers and the film team. Speaking with the crew, I couldn’t help but worry whether they’d feel somewhat apathetic at the prospect of another busy night of work, but they are clearly all excited and even more so now the students have returned to the city. They talk excitedly about seeing old faces and it becomes clear that are not just here to film: they have formed a genuine community with the
stain or two from one of the venue’s famous brightly coloured drinks. It suddenly dawns on me that half of the revellers probably still have their school uniform in the right size and I instantly feel a lot older than my 20-odd years. Walking through the smoking area, I’m taken aback at how much attention John and Tristan are getting from almost everyone who sees them. People shout greetings, shake their hands and repeatedly jostle to get in shot for an interview; meanwhile Jess has the tricky job of ensuring people don’t get too excited around the equipment and keeps overly eager revellers at bay. It’s around midnight so everyone is still able to string their sentences together… mostly. There’s a stall selling candyfloss so the crew decide to initiate a contest to see
who can eat it the quickest, with one student wolfing it down in incredible speed. I really hope he can do sweet then savoury, otherwise he’s going to struggle keeping the cheesy chips down later. As the night continues it gets a tad rowdier inside the venue, and one of the most noticeable things is just how packed out it is. Corp has grown since my days at the Skool Disco, with the Trafalgar Warehouse now open and a number of revamped areas upstairs – yet it was still full from top to bottom. Tristan’s next task was to do a floorwalk and I joined him as he captured shots around the venue. There was no shortage of footage available: half a dozen freshers are leaping around on a bouncy castle, fresh-faced lads screech along to Queen and a number of people show their love by flashing for the camera. A brief stroll around with Tristan and I see how there is literally never a dull momement on Corp TV duty. As with the interviews, it’s striking how many people swamp to be on the camera and try to get Tristan’s attention, screaming into his ears as he walks through the dancefloor and grabbing his arms, even the camera, at times. Every room is difficult to get through as the dancefloors are rammo. The night has got late and appears to have brought out the romantic side in these young partygoers. Squeezing through the dancefloor I am trying my best not to knock any couples caught in a lovers embrace, but as that seems to now be half of the club, I decide to power through less considerately. The team conduct a few more interviews before the night ends by 2AM; as you can imagine, it’s pretty difficult to get much in the way of coherence from interviewees at this time. What you do get, however, is a lot of humour, some good musical numbers – a favourite being a blues remix of a trap song that John made the student repeat until it sounded bluesy enough – and a slight bit of sick. The crew stop filming just before the night ends, leaving those still in attendance to see their night out in style – and presumably begin counting down the days until it all starts again. Catch the next episode of Corp TV at facebook.com/CorporationSheffield
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The title of your latest album Dark Days + Canapes feels very apt for 2017. Yeah, I wanted it to reflect the times we are living in: a combination of dark days, dark times and disparity between the rich and the poor. Your lyrics are often socially and politically conscious. Do you consider yourself to be politically active? I think everybody has a political opinion but I don’t really allow that to infiltrate my work too much. I like the idea of being socially aware and trying to have conversations around various social issues through my music. I don’t really want to take a political stance publicly because it’s such a dividing thing; I’d rather talk about stuff that we are all affected by or at least talking about. I feel that’s a better use of my music. With this being your fourth album, how do you feel the Ghostpoet sound has evolved since your debut Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam? Life has evolved my sound, I guess. I’ve consumed more music and developed a clearer idea of what I want to use musically. Time has allowed me to be more comfortable and a bit more confident in my music, so I’ve acted in accordance with that. Do you feel that as you have found that added confidence it has become easier to express yourself freely? Maybe a little but I have always been able to express myself quite freely, so I am not sure too much has changed in that respect. I’ve always had the attitude that I have to make music that I want to make, and this record is proof of that. Is it fair to say that you were a bit of a late-comer to making music? Yeah, I have always been an avid listener but didn’t start making music until I was in university, so about 18 or 19-years-old. I didn’t actually release a record until I was 27 so I was a late bloomer, so to speak. I have always been a massive fan of music; even now I still feel I am more of a fan of music than an actual musician. I love music: hence why I’m trying to start a radio station, hence why I’m trying to always promote and support other artists as much as I can. Could you have envisioned such success when you were making music in your university halls? No, but I don’t know what success is! [Laughs] It’s really nice that I have had the chance to travel so much through my music, amazing really. But, I dunno, success is all relative. I am very happy I am able to make music and very happy that I can make music I want to make, which is becoming a rarer thing with professional music. But yeah, I never envisioned this, doing a lot of things off the back of starting a music career which I would have never envisioned. It is nice to have this career and I don’t take it for granted, I feel very lucky.
Ghostpoet plays Plug on Sunday 29 October. Head to www.the-plug. com for tickets and more info.
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Tyrone Scott speaks to the twice Mercury-nominated artist Obaro Ejimiwe AKA Ghostpoet about his latest record and musical journey so far. Can you tell me more about the radio station you mentioned? Yeah, I am starting an online radio station in Margate, where I now live. Basically, I have just taken on a space where it’s going to be an online radio station, a café and a bar in the evening; it’s going to evolve with DJs and musicians who live in or are travelling through Margate. Like a big collective, creative space? Yeah, that’s the plan. I want to do workshops, collaborations with local schools and colleges. We have the Turner Contemporary down here, I’d like to work with them and other organisations where I can do as much as possible involving music and the arts really. There’ll be talk radio too, discussing community projects, local issues and stuff like that. It’s a combination of things, it’s kind of been a dream of mine for a long time and I’ve just got a chance to try it here. I noticed there are significantly fewer featured artists on the latest record compared to previous releases. Was this a conscious decision? I guess it was a conscious decision, apart from Daddy G and EERI who do the main featured bits. Charlotte Hatherley who used to be in Ash did a couple of vocals, but just like background stuff. Delilah Holliday from Skinny Girl Diet and Charlie Steen from Shame also contributed, but again were used in the background. I kind of felt like I didn’t really want to have too many prominent voices and just wanted to add a few textures to compliment the music really. You never confine yourself to a single genre. Is change and variation something essential to your process? I’ve always had the attitude that genre doesn’t exist really. It’s kind of a marketing tool. I understand the purpose of genres and why they exist, but for me it’s all sound. I just try to make music which respects and reflects what I listen to, which is pretty much everything. Nobody wants to hear the same thing over and over again anyway.
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Sunday 1st The New Dukes – Gig – Doors at 7:30. Tuesday 3rd Green City Blues – Dance Class – Green City Blues is a friendly, informal blues dancing night. No experience of dancing and no partner necessary – we run an all-levels class and everyone dances with everyone else. So if you like blues music and like to hug* then come and join us!
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Sunday 8th O’Hooley & Tidow – Gig – Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart. Starts at 7:30pm £14 OTD Thursday 12th Wagonwheel presents Case Hardin & Paul McClure – Gig – A Case Hardin live show is a multi- faceted beast. Gow solo? A duo? Acoustic or a full tilt four piece, sometimes augmented by regulars and pick- up musicians alike. Each night the songs are different, they have to be... framed for the audience... or the band… or the mood… often all three. Starts at 8:00pm £8 OTD
Saturday 14th Go Go Gorilla – Rhythm and blues DJ night playing their classic and rare Rhythm & Blues collections from the40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Starts at 9:00pm £4 OTD Friday 27th Dappers Delight – Concert – Their chosen repertoire focuses on the rich repertoire of 17th and 18th century English tune books and broadside ballads, which form a bridge between ‘art’ and ‘folk’ music – music that could have been performed on the street, in the tavern, at country fairs or carnivals. Doors at 7:30. Saturday 28th Wagonwheel Presents Jody Davies – Gig – With Richard Kitson, Andy P Davidson and Ryan Farmer Starts at 8:00pm £8 OTD Tuesday 31st “Halloween night 2017 will see the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign organise its most frighteningly huge Demonstration to Date. The Campaigners will March with a wicked Samba Band, circus performers and Zombie army to highlight the Governments shocking decision not to launch an enquiry into the “Battle of Orgreave” which saw miners Beaten up, Fitted up and locked up. The Orgreave Activists will then retire to the Shakespeare Pub for a night of spoken word and monstrous music not to be missed! And one which promises to be a real life “Nightmare for the Tories”
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ST VINCENT MASSEDUCTION When it comes to a new album from St Vincent, you should always expect the unexpected. It’s been a three year gap since her last LP, and the songs on here take a very individual and personal view of life - more so I think than on any of her previous work. But as ever with St Vincent, you’re never quite sure whether they’re about her own life or someone else’s. Some songs feel private and stripped back, such as on ‘Happy Birthday, Johnny’, a haunting lament for a tragic life, whereas others are much more dense and obscure. Much has been made of the end of her romance with actress and model Cara Delevingne, who intriguingly appears on the song ‘Pills’, and it’s easy to assume that that recent events in her life have helped form some of the material on here, with some references to imperilled relationships and power struggles. No two tracks are alike, and even the more immediately accessible ones have depth of meaning only revealed after a number of listens. This will be an album that takes some getting to know, so take it somewhere where you won’t be disturbed, and give it the attention it deserves. You may well decide there’s nothing better out there to listen to. 8/10 MP
IN THE NURSERY 1961
JOHN SMITH HEADLONG
As memorable years go, 1961 has lots going for it. Gagarin became the first man in space, the foundations of the Berlin Wall were laid and Amnesty International was founded. It was also the year that Nigel and Klive Humberstone, the twins behind In The Nursery, were born. They’ve celebrated it in a series of musical pieces, which range from ambient master works like ‘The Earth Is Blue’, to songs like ‘Pacify’, with a narrative about the futility of war. That song references Catch-22, first published, yes, you guessed it, in 1961, as was Solaris, the sci-fi classic, which is the inspiration for the track of the same name. The album has a more open feel to it than some of their recent pieces, the result I’m sure of some of the recordings being made in a studio as opposed to created on a computer, and is their most accessible work for some time. Oh, and my absolute favourite thing to celebrate about 1961 is that it was the first strobogrammatic year since 1881; the next one being 6009. I’ll let you work out what that means... 9/10 MP
Given that millions have been written since the limitations of vinyl and radio demands invented the form, it’s surprising that there’s such a small amount of truly great pop songs. The best ones unfold so organically from beginning to end that it’s almost unthinkable they could have sounded any other way. At the other end of the spectrum, there’s ‘Galway Girl’. Enter John Smith, whose new album is a slice of almost perfect music-making. Opener ‘Living in Disgrace’ is an example of the above: pithy, brilliant, all-encompassing, and leaving you wanting to play it again the moment it’s over. That Smith has a knack with a tune is evident throughout. There’s not a bad track on the album, and most touch genius. The melodies are carried by a gorgeous voice that oozes soul, and Smith’s guitar playing is exceptional, illustrating why he’s so in-demand as a sideman. He might even single-handedly stop us all thinking of singer-songwriters as whiny pale boys who grew up too close to mummy and need a decent meal. Recommended. 9/10 AJ
FAERGROUND ACCIDENTS CO-MORBID Faerground Accident’s frantic debut album takes its inspiration from mental health problems and messy relationships with lyrics that are an emotional rollercoaster of wide-eyed highs and panicked lows. Complimented by jangly guitars and a frenetic, poppy beat, it’s a satisfying and exhausting listen. The Sheffield ‘psychotic pop’ band are a bit like early Pulp in their cynical style, with cheerfully fatalistic lyrics that smack of The Smiths and lead singer Bomar’s Bowie-esque vocal range. There are sinister undertones to the high-paced beat; like the bit in a horror movie where everything’s going a bit too smoothly and you know it’s all about to kick off and get very, very dark. Intriguing. 4/5 HV WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 85
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Eh up gents, we hear you’ve got some new music for us to get stuck into. Do tell us a bit more? Hi Exposed – and yes, we do! Our new single ‘Underneath The Rain’ came out recently. It’s a moody, psychedelic track with a synthesizer forming the backbone. The synth was an old JEN (circa 1970) from the shed of our bass player Dillon. We were amazed that it still works! It’s got that old, analogue Joy Division sound to it, y’know? You can hear it in full force on the track. And you’ll be celebrating with a gig at Picture House Social. Is it shaping up to be a big’un? This is our biggest gig to date so a lot of hard work has been going into the rehearsal sessions, and the production team from Scruff of The Neck have some insane tricks up their sleeve for the show! We’re going to debut some new material and play all of the older, better known numbers to hopefully pin people to the wall with a cataclysmic sonic boom. Expect guest appearances and outrageous antics. For those who’ve not yet had the pleasure to experience the Vultures sound, how would you sum it up at the moment? We always loved dubbing our sound as “Hazy Cosmic Jive” which is actually a Bowie nod, taken from the song ‘Starman’. “That ain’t no DJ, that was hazy cosmic jive...” Our songs can be hazy at times with a slow but pulsing beat, along with our cosmic, space-rock influenced soundscapes we create in between songs. Naturally, you can jive to it. What else is on the imminent horizon for Vultures? Glad you asked! We go into the studio in November to record an EP/mini-album type thing. We haven’t released anything other than a single since we started, so to release more of a collection of songs rather than a standalone will be interesting. @VULTURESBANDUK 88 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
INHEAVEN The Plug // 4 Oct // £6 A haze of distorted guitars and anthemic indie rock, this south London quartet put on a thumper of a live performance. www.the-plug.com THE AMAZONS The Leadmill // 3 Oct // £12 Probably the hottest guitar band of 2017, The Amazons are bringing their inimitable brand of gutsy rock ‘n’ roll to Sheffield. www.leadmill.co.uk DIZZEE RASCAL O2 Academy // 6 Oct // £28.65 A lynchpin of the grime scene, British hip-hop extraordinaire and one of the finest lyricists in the game, the fire on Dizzee Rascal’s fourth album Raskit has shown that he doesn’t intend on slowing down with age. www.academymusicgroup.com MEADOWLARK The Rocking Chair // 8 Oct // £7 Formed as a reaction to stagnation in the music industry the altsynth-pop duo began as a more folksy affair and have evolved into something which feels very contemporary. Kaye McGill’s voice lends itself to delicate lyrics which Dan Broadley’s electric keyboard is careful to compliment. www.skiddle.com LETHAL BIZZLE Foundry // 12 Oct // £20.35 (Adv) After dropping the acclaimed You’ll Never Make A Million From Grime EP early this year, the high energy rapper brings his I Win tour to the Steel City next month. www.foundrysu.com SQUEEZE Sheffield City Hall // 26 Oct // from £32.50 Formed in London, 1974, the writing partnership of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook produced some of the best melodic pop of the late 70s and early 80s with noteable hits ‘Cool for Cats’ and ‘Up the Junction’. They are currently working on a new album for 2017. www. sheffieldcityhall. co.uk
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Flying high since bagging a record deal back in 2015, hotly-tipped Dundee quartet Model Aeroplanes arrive in Sheffield this month for headline duties at new music event Triangle – Live in Sheffield. Keen to give them a friendly Yorkshire welcome, Oliver McKinley got on the blower for a chat with lead singer Rory Flemming-Stewart to find out what we can expect. 92 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
You’ve spent most of the year out on tour. What are you up to now you’ve got a bit of respite? It’s been a big year for us touring-wise. We’re in the studio at the moment just polishing off eight new songs. The touring has actually given us that time to develop, which with the four of us has taken time. In the past our sound might have been more of a plain and simple indierock band, but with these new tracks we’ve been working on changing that sound a bit. Has anything in particular influenced this change in direction? Well, I’d say that our influences are quite eclectic so it’s hard to pick one thing. When the four of us were growing up we were listening to rock and heavy metal, then a bit
later it was post-punk, soul and RnB. More recently, and I guess quite ironically, it’s been the absolute classic rock of Prince and Bowie that’s been an influence on us developing a more contemporary sound. I’ve been listening to the music being released by the Philophon label based in Berlin; they produce this really cool Afrobeat sound with a lot of the musicians coming from Ghana. Speaking of labels, you signed with Island Records in 2015. Was it intimidating to be signed by a music giant, or just plain exciting? Quite intimidating actually! I don’t mean the people who work at the label, but there is a prestige involved and a lot to live up to. That said, they’re easy with creative control and
Model Aeroplanes headline Triangle – Live in Sheffield on the Crystal Stage, Oct 17th. Tickets and more info available from facebook.com/ trianglesheff
they have given us that space to grow and to develop. It’s exciting too. You’ve all been pals since your early teens. How has that dynamic developed over the years? It definitely fuels the creative process, as we all have an equal say into everything. That can obviously make for a lengthier songwriting process, but like in any long-term relationship you have to work on compromise. There’s often a summery feel to your tracks but they tend to be accompanied with darker lyrics. Do you consciously like to make that contrast? Well, our style is quite autobiographical and you need to be honest in your lyrics if things aren’t going the right way. Some of our work
has been written with a specific person or event in mind and it just comes together naturally. We write songs about heartbreak because they can speak to so many people and can be a help to some, but it’s more a natural thing than a conscious decision. What about your career to date has made you most proud? That we haven’t released an album yet, which might sound a little strange, but I’m proud that we haven’t rushed into things and that we’ve taken things slowly. We’ve done so much with so little money. I think we’d have regretted rushing something out and then being a flash in the pan, and instead we’ve been able to mould ourselves to into what we want to be.
TRIANGLE – LIVE IN SHEFFIELD: THE LOWDOWN A new music festival to be held across three city centre venues, Triangle will see 12 bands take to the stage at 3 venues – Crystal, Maida Vale and Walkabout – on 17th October. Local favourites I Set The Sea on Fire and Manchester rockers Sly Antics join Model Aeroplanes as co-headliners. Joining them on the bill are The Harringtons, No Hot Ashes, Cold Summer, Citrus Heights, Release, Where Fires Are, Divenire, and The Hyde. Tickets (a mere £8 as it stands) will provide access to all three stages. Head to seetickets, ents24 or the Facebook page listed above to get yours.
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Queer folk of Sheffield, fasten your seatbelts: we have a busy month ahead with a packed LGBT+ event line-up that Brighton and Manchester would be jealous of! Easing you gently into the month, students have the offer of an LGBT+ quiz on 3 Oct at Sheffield University; head on down, test your knowledge and get to meet some of the LGBT+ committee who host events throughout the year. If you fancy joining them, then why not put yourself forward (or at least vote for your preferred candidates) in the committee elections on 10 Oct? Just a thought… There will be plenty of other opportunities to get to know the committee and members at the regular Tuesday socials, including their WOW socials on 10 and 24 October where dressing up is encouraged, or you could try their slightly more chilled out gathering at the Friday coffee meets. The university will also be introducing a new night, Proud, launching on 6 October complete with photobooth, giveaways, candyfloss, popcorn and rainbow drops! Also recently launched in Sheffield is LASS, a group offering support to LBTQ+ and non-binary identifying asylum seekers and refugees, who will be meeting on the first Thursday of every month at the Together Women Project. If you want to find out more about the various LGBT+ groups and
services across the city, head to the LGBT+ hub (part of the Sheffield Equality Hub Network) at the town hall on 5 October. On the subject of bringing people together, we welcome the return of Diversity Fest at Hagglers Corner on 8 October: a free all-day event for people of every gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and ability to enjoy three stages full of live entertainment. If you like nothing better than a good old-fashioned singalong, get your corsets and fishnets out a VIP screenings of Rocky Horror at Cineworld on 9 October. There will be another opportunity for a singalong of a completely different style on October 14, with Out Aloud’s Funk-tastic Shenanigans, a brilliant acapella singing workshop. Joining us as part of the Off The Shelf festival on 26 October, singer/songwriter and LGBT+ rights activist CN Lester busts some mainstream myths and relays what it’s like to grow up transgender. They share the liberation of feeling at home in one’s skin and ask how we strive for authenticity in a world that often limits us by labelling. There will be more guest visits at OMG where they will be joined by Kerry Katona and Austin Armacost on 27 October, followed by RuPaul’s Max and Raja on the 30 October – definitely a good excuse to play out on a Monday night!
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The year is 2057, humanity is up Shit’s Creek and needs more resources. Naturally, being humans, we decide to pinch them from other planets, but it isn’t long before a ship goes off the radar and it’s up to you, spaceship engineer Isaac Clarke, to head up there to give them a hand. But, lo and behold, all the lights are off on USG Ishimura and it’s been besieged by multi-limbed alien zombies (that’s right – ALIEN ZOMBIES) called necromorphs, who you have to imaginatively dismantle with your trusty plasma cutter. The combat is intense, the enemies are truly horrific and the storyline is engaging – it’s a belter. AVAILABLE ON: PC, PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360
FEELING BRAVE THIS HALLOWEEN? WELL THEN – GET THE LIGHTS DIMMED, GRAB A CONSOLE AND SEE HOW LONG YOU CAN LAST WITH ONE OF THESE TERRIFYING TITLES…
So: you’re assigned to infiltrate a creepy research facility during the uber-futuristic year of 2009 (they predicted laser beam fences and time vortexes would be a thing by then), where upon arrival you discover the guards have disappeared and the place is crawling with deadly dinosaurs. You just don’t need it, do you? Playing similar to the early Res Evils with its fixed camera angles and jumpy moments, it’s a true classic. AVAILABLE ON: PC, PS1, DC
SILENT HILL 2
While all of the Silent Hills are crap-your-pants scary in their own right, Silent Hill 2 is probably the most memorable of the bunch. The whole franchise takes the horror genre to pretty perverse levels, and some of the creepy sights you’ll encounter while discovering the fogcovered town are enough to have even the most hardened of gamers cowering behind a sofa. There are also a number of ‘WTF?!’ endings to reward your endeavours at its close. AVAILABLE ON: PS2, PS3, XBOX, XBOX 360
RESIDENT EVIL 2
Another series which laid the foundations when it came to the horror gaming genre, the early Resident Evils have everything: spooky atmospherics, eerie soundtracks, strange puzzles – oh, and hordes of undead flesh-eaters. Bullets are at a premium, which is a shame because there are plenty of nasty blighters to waste them on, but you’ll find an abundance of action and thrills to make up for it. AVAILABLE ON: PS2, XBOX
AMNESIA: THE DARK DESCENT
Freaky gothic castle? Check. Protagonist with blurred memory? Check. Unspeakable terrors leaping out of the dark as you explore surroundings via a first-person view? Abso-bloody-lutely. Being unarmed and unable to fight back against most of the enemies – and there are some doozies – causes huge levels of panic and you’ll spend a lot of time legging it down corridors and hiding in rooms. What’s more is you can download this scarefest for free … if you dare. AVAILABLE ON: PC
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Words: Kieran Wade
A decent mini-game – that is, a bit of separate gameplay shooting off from the wider experience – can make for a refreshing break away from your usual gaming objectives. In fact, there’s been many-a-time that I’ve found myself embroiled in what should be just a casual couple of minutes’ distraction from the main event. Here are some of favourites, and yes, Final Fantasy is mentioned twice.
1. TRIPLE TRIAD (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
Played on a 3x3 board, Triple Triad is a card game in which you must beat your opponent by having control over the most cards by the end of a round. Each card has 4 numbers in the top left corner, corresponding to each side of the card respectively. It becomes your goal to take over your opponent’s cards using the relevant cards available; for example, the number 8 adjacent to the number 4 will allow you to take control of that card. It’s simple enough, and with so many cards to collect throughout the game, including rare character editions, you’ll find yourself coming back for more.
2. BLACKJACK (GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS)
When you’re not taking out bad men and their cronies, running over innocent pedestrians or nicking cars, you can always have a stroll down to the casino. Now, whilst there are plenty of mini-games within said casino, I’d personally spend countless hours on the blackjack tables. There’s nothing special about blackjack itself, it’s just an easy way of racking up tons of money with relevant ease, dependent on your luck. That extra $5,000 I just won turned into $50,000, eventually working its way up to the millions. But I later forgot to save my game, and all I had left was $2.87. Best go and rob someone then.
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3. BLITZBALL (FINAL FANTASY X)
Underwater football? Handball? Polo? Either way, this majestic aquatic mini-game known as Blitzball is one of the maddest ideas ever; but it’s Final Fantasy we’re talking about so it should come as no surprise. Basically, two teams of five battle it out in a gigantic water sphere, using whatever means necessary to get the blitzball into the opponent’s net. There are essentially no rules, which allows you to kick, thump, or even poison your opponents given you’ve learnt the appropriate ability beforehand. There are some amazing prizes to be won the more you play, making this an addictive and very rewarding minigame.
4. TEKKEN FORCE MODE (TEKKEN 3)
Tekken meets Streets of Rage! That does sound like the perfect combination in all fairness. Whilst this minigame makes an appearance in various Tekken games, it all started with Tekken 3, so let’s show some respect. You basically go through numerous stages as your desired character, taking down relatively easy foes and nastier baddies as your progress, including actual characters from the game at the end of each stage. Give this a go, and “chicken!” will be ringing in your ears for days, trust meh.
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Light Cinema is the fastest growing cinema operator in the UK with seven cinemas and 20 more due to open in the next four years. Light Sheffield opened back in April and boasts nine screens with 953 luxury reclining seats – and all at standard pricing. Guests can take food and drink into the screens and many of the refreshments on offer are produced locally – from Our Cow Molly ice cream, delicious cakes, brownies, nachos, quality coffee and of course popcorn, to beer and gin from Abbeydale Brewery and True North Brew Co. The cinema group has many years’ experience of running cinemas in the UK, members of the team having previously worked with the existing major chains. The team is on a mission to introduce a different cinema experience, creating a new concept that responds to the growing popularity of cinema in the UK. The Light believes in good service, community interaction, customer experience, people and content. Ashely Inman, Business Manager for Light Sheffield told Exposed: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from our guests in our first six months. We receive most comments about our reclining seats – people love to be able to stretch out and watch a film like they would at home except there is a massive screen and state of the art digital sound to accompany it. Audiences like the fact that each film is introduced by a Light team member. The Green Room café and bar is open at 9.30am every day so people tend to come here to have a meeting or just socialise even if they aren’t waiting to see a film that day. It’s lovely to see and we make sure everyone feels welcome.”
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off food and drinks, by signing up to MyLight guests can get discounted tickets through booking online. There are two great offers for Sheffield audiences at the moment. By joining Infinity up to 9 October new members pay just £9.99 a month for the first three months, and from 1 October if a current Infinity holder refers a friend the referrer gets a month of membership free, while the person who joins receives £30 of vouchers to spend on food and drink.
More than just films!
As well as all the blockbusters you would expect to see on the big screen, The Light also run special events. Upcoming attractions for October include the premiere of Loving Vincent on Monday 9 October – a stunning cinematic achievement billed as the first fully painted feature film in the world. For one night only guests can see the film followed by a Q&A with special guests, broadcast live from the National Gallery presented by BFI London Film Festival. Also there is the new Royal Opera House production of La Bohème on 3 October and irresistible opera that is a witty and passionate blend of comedy and tragedy which focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Ballet also from the Royal Opera House with Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on 23 October. This production bursts onto the stage in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive choreography. NUS student card holders can buy 2 tickets for £10 for Royal Opera House performances on the day of the performance. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Coriolanus will be shown live from Stratford on 11 October. This is a full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, transporting viewers back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Plus there is Grace Jones and Friends live on 25 October. This promises to be a thrilling and enlightening evening with the inimitable
icon, as she discusses her life and work with some of her closest collaborators, from the worlds of music, fashion, art and film, following an exclusive preview of Sophie Fiennesâ€™ highly anticipated new film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.
Horrorwood: The Halloween Spookfest!
And to celebrate Halloween, Light Sheffield will be showing a range of suitable horror films. The Light caters for all the family so films for children will also reflect the season. Also check out the regular baby-friendly, dementia and autism screenings Visits are made even better value for customers with a parking offer of just ÂŁ1 for 3 hours at the APCOA car park on The Moor, opposite the cinema building. Tokens just need to be validated at the cinema.
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God’s Own Country Victoria and Abdul Victoria and Abdul tells the tale of the unlikely friendship between the cantankerous Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and Indian servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Abdul serves as Victoria’s tutor, confidante and friend, teaching her the history of India, in doing so revealing to her an entirely new perspective on the jewel in the empire’s crown. Publicised as a warm period drama, it feels more like a pantomime of Victorian Britain. The scope of the story doesn’t go far beyond the saccharine relationship between the Queen, Abdul and the moderate threat of the house conspiring against them; the few moments of amusement mainly show the pompous entourage having their feathers ruffled by the peculiar arrangement. The result is an inconsequential storm in a very ostentatious teacup. Judi Dench’s entertaining portrayal of the disgruntled Empress is the highlight of the film, lending her characteristic wit to deliver deadpan lines to great comic effect. Although we are on her side due to her no-nonsense, blunt attitude to the ludicrous frivolity surrounding her, my sympathy with her only stretched so far. The writers made an enfeebled attempt at giving the Queen depth; she laments at her fatigue at the royal rigmarole and loneliness amongst her self-serving escort – yet, within a film lacking substance, her woes feel hollow. The film has invited criticism for its glorification of the British Empire; Colonial Britain is painted in a nostalgic light with billowing ships and ebullient trumpets. Save a few tonguein-cheek quips from Abdul’s reluctant companion Mohammed (Adheel Akhtar), the British are caricatured as harmless eccentrics bustling around twitching their moustaches and eating pudding. It would be naïve of me to say that this film is so inconsequential that it shouldn’t be taken seriously. In perpetuating the distorted narrative of the splendour of colonialism, it only serves to maintain ignorance. The heartfelt story of an unlikely friendship between a lowly Indian and the tenacious Queen, which, in its defence, at least sends a warm message of acceptance against bigotry, wouldn’t have worked if it was hard-hitting. I’m left with the conclusion that if a film can’t be made right, perhaps it shouldn’t have been made at all. 4/5
BLADE RUNNER 2049 - 6TH OCT The cult classic is finally getting a sequel, hopefully shedding a bit more light on what in the world is going on. A new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), discovers a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.
THE SNOWMAN - 13TH OCT I know, it’s one of those silly Halloween-slasher flicks – but the cast of Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Toby Jones says otherwise. With gorgeous landscapes and the thrilling plot of a detective hunting down a snowman serial killer, this could be be a surprise October fright.
Francis Lee’s feature-length directorial debut has been described as a ‘Yorkshire Brokeback Mountain’; however, this is a simplistic comparison as God’s Own Country is far more than a forbidden farm fling. It tells the story of Johnny (Josh O’Connor), a sullen teenager resentfully toiling away on his family farm. His work is demanding, dirty and thankless, often being met with criticism barked from his grandmother (Gemma Jones) and debilitated father (Ian Hart). Isolated in the bleak Yorkshire hills, he finds temporary escape in detached sexual encounters and getting blackout drunk. When Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), a quiet Romanian farmhand arrives to help with lambing season, he is the victim of Johnny’s frustration, welcomed only with racial slurs and hostility. During a trip to the higher fields, Johnny’s coldness towards Gheorghe is broken down, replaced by his desperation for warmth and passion. The most compelling aspect is the thorough character development of Johnny. Initially, he is not easy to like, but as time goes on, we begin to understand his frustration and ugly behaviour. As the plot slowly unfolds, Johnny changes gradually and it’s hard to notice his incremental development, but by the end he is unrecognisable from the sulky, uncommunicative boy we meet at the beginning. This is a slow-paced, yet rewarding watch. Patience is eventurally rewarded with a quieted sense of optimism. Ploughing through the northern hills at a steady slog, we are far from Hollywood, but all the better for it; God’s Own Country is a breath of fresh Yorkshire air. 4/5
JIGSAW - 20TH OCT How can this be? Jigsaw is supposed to be dead … again. There’s clearly no stopping the franchise, no matter how crazy the storyline may get. This time the kills seem gorier and the traps are more creative than ever. If you’re craving needless amounts of bloodspill and thrill, fill yer boots.
THOR: RAGNAROK – 27TH OCT Marvel is giving Thor a muchneeded overhaul, and it’s looking sweet. Having lost his hammer to Hela, goddess of death, Thor must fight his way through a gladiator contest in time to stop Ragnarok. With the director of What We Do in the Shadows at the mantle, expect a ton of memorable lines.
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TOP PICKS Tudor Players to round off 50th anniversary season One of Sheffield’s leading amateur dramatics groups, Tudor Players, will see out their special 50th anniversary season with a production of Michelle Magorian’s much-loved family novel ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. Taking place at their historic home of Sheffield’s Library Theatre, the performance is scheduled to run from 17-21st September and will feature one of the founding members of the group. While it was recently announced that, despite the threatened closure of Central Library and the Library Theatre, the latest is that the group should still have their usual venue for 2018. They hope to confirm this during the final week of performances this month. For more information and tickets, head to tudorplayers.net
DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE AND SPECIAL GUESTS: CITY HALL Sheffield City Hall // 1 Oct// £22.40 The dark lord of poetry returns to Sheffield. Cooper Clarke’s verses are the unexpressed thoughts of the people. His wit skewers the pompous, mocks the loathsome and speaks truth to power. This promises to be an evening full of energy combining some of his newest material and classics. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk MY BEAUTIFUL BLACK DOG Picture House Social // 14 Oct// £12.50 A musical about the fragility of our minds written by and starring Brigitte Aphrodite. Part gig, part theatrical performance there is a tremendous amount of glitter involved in this exploration of the black dog which remains hopeful. www.picture-house-social.com THE KITE RUNNER Lyceum // 17-21 Oct // From £16.50 Khaled Hosseini’s haunting tale of shattered childhoods and the difficult process of redemption is being brought to the Lyceum as part of the UK wide tour. The book, and its film adaptation, both startled and charmed audiences with its gripping story of a divided Afghanistan. The power of the earlier incarnations is very much present in this stage production. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk UNCLE VANYA Studio // 18 Oct-4 Nov // From £20 This story lampoons society and its moral codes as wittily now as when Anton Chekov wrote it. The master of Russian drama weaves a tale about small-town sensibilities, exotic loves and ambition. His characters are as grasping, lustful, tragic and comic as they ever were. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
GREASE @ LYCEUM THEATRE It’s been almost 50 years since the original Grease musical was born, and almost 40 years since Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta were cast as iconic duo Danny and Sandy. Fast forward to 2017 and we’ve got Grease: The Musical, currently taking UK cinemas by storm with a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom! We managed to grab seats at a showing in the beautiful Lyceum Theatre, where it was packed with excited boppers. Tom Parker from boy band The Wanted makes his debut as bad boy Danny Zuko, complete with shiny slick hair and plenty of pelvic thrusting. Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope plays the virtuous Sandy and Eastenders’ and Strictly Come Dancing’s Louisa Lytton takes on the role as Rizzo, my favourite character in this remake. The 140 costume changes and various sets which involved vintage cars, a 50s diner and a drive-in movie took us right back to the rock ‘n’ roll era, more specifically Rydell High School where the boy-meets-girl romance unfolds. All the hits were featured including Summer Nights, Beauty School
Dropout, You’re The One That I Want, We Go Together and of course, Grease Lightning. It still amazes me to this day how anyone can sing and dance so well at the same time, and this cast made it look effortless! Standout performances were Danielle’s version of Hopelessly Devoted To You which was pitch-perfect, the Born To Hand Jive routine involving so many lifts and twirls that I didn’t know who to watch and finally Those Magic Changes which got plenty of cheers from the audience, possibly to do with the men dancing in nothing but their towels. Any scene with Rizzo in oozed attitude, everything from her style to her feistiness was remarkable; I especially enjoyed the act where all the Pink Ladies are in Marty’s bedroom gossiping, drinking and smoking – “Well, ringa ding-ding.” The live band were great, the choreography hugely impressive and it was just as much fun as a live Grease show should be! Fun fact: 59 wigs, 16 leather jackets, 10 jumbo cans of hairspray and 8 pots of hair gel were used in this production. Words: Kerre Chen WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 105
Calling themselves “the anti-musical theatre”, Sheffield-based drama company Blowfish are no strangers to pushing the boundaries of the medium. Having lampooned the now Foreign Minister in Boris the Musical, they’ve recently found a bigger fish to fry with their upcoming Donald Trump musical. Words: Rose Trigg
Fresh off the back of their Edinburgh and Camden fringe shows, Laurence Peacock (writer) and David Burchhardt (actor) talk Boris, wigs and distilling the essence de Trump. How did it all start? L: We made Boris with a tiny bit of debt, we bought a wig, hired a theatre and thought if we can get 50 people in we’ll be fine. I’m just doing it for fun really; you turn up and do this silly thing with really talented people. The company has a lovely sense of comradery - we have to because our ties are personal rather than contractual. Did things go well straight away? L: Yeah, it was surprising. We had this preview show for Boris in Doncaster at the Brewery and Tap last September and we just got the audience from the downstairs of the pub. They didn’t want to be there, they didn’t know why they were there and they could leave at any point. So when they liked it we thought ‘okay, maybe we’ve done a show and we can keep doing it.’ D: Before the shows, I go out in character as Boris to bring people in as well; it lets them know they’re in safe hands. L: Do you think that’s what it does?
I think you might just not be able to say no if you’ve got Boris Johnson telling you to go upstairs. Do people boo you as Boris? D: Most of the time they like me. With Boris he can get away with a lot, so as an actor I can too. Some have mistaken me for the actual Boris, and people have refused to shake my hand or actively tried to avoid me. We don’t get too many heckles though. L: No, the real venom is directed towards Michael Gove who regularly gets booed and hissed at. Do you think someone has told him? D: Nathalie Bennet, the former Green Party leader, saw us and tweeted Boris himself and in Edinburgh someone’s local MP was Jo Johnson (his brother) so they said they’d tell him – so he’s probably found out. How would Boris review it? D: *In Boris’ voice* I think that David Burchhardt chap was jolly good, everyone else was rubbish. L: I sincerely hope he’s got more important things to worry about. What’s one of your favourite lines you’ve written or performed? D: One that always makes me laugh is when Michael Gove says that I
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(Boris) could oust David Cameron as Prime Minister, and I say: “But how? Dave’s untouchable – he’s won over one and half elections!” L: Sometimes David or the other actors just do something differently, and I’m on stage all the time so sometimes I just start laughing. There are no walls in our show and we get the audience involved a lot. We have to entertain ourselves if nothing else – we’ve done the show quite a few times! This isn’t a super serious thing and we’re not trying to make you a better person. If you’ve learnt anything, we’ve done wrong. I feel quite disappointed I didn’t get to see it now. D: Oh it’ll be back. I want it to be back anyway. L: If we know 150 people will buy a ticket then we’ll do another Boris show. But at least we’ll be able to see your next one. What stage is Trump the Musical at? L: Early stages. We’ve got a cast and we’re edging towards a script. David will probably play Trump. D: We’ll try and get as much out of the same wig as possible, just brushed over with more fake tan. How will you get inside the Trump mindset? D: I really don’t want to! When I was researching Boris I actually dreamed as Boris, but if that happens with Trump I’m gonna be livid. And he’s 70 odd years old, so there’s the physical aspect. L: Boris’s physicality was pretty simple, it’s just shoulders and crotch *makes ape-like arms and bandy legs*. D: All I know is the jaw has to be forward for Trump. L: Like a ski jumper. Everyone has a Trump impression. L: To do Donald Trump really well is incredibly difficult, but you can get away with it on a simple level very easily. D: Yeah, I’ve never really done impressions so to speak. With Boris, I thought as long as people recognise it’s Boris and not me trying to be Boris then it’s fine. L: There’s a Borisness to your performance and there’ll be a Trump essence too. Essence de Trump. And Laurence, how will you pin that essence down in the writing? L: I don’t think there is an
unchanging constant Trump, so as a writer that’s a difficult thing to get around. Characters need to have a bit of a journey so Boris is essentially a biography, there’s a nice arc to it. But as far as I can see, Trump’s been a dick since day one. He’s difficult to keep up with too. There’s a reason people don’t make satirical theatre, it’s because things change. So we’re thinking we’ll set it in 2020. It will obviously be a satire but it will be the bigger picture. Will it turn into a dystopia? L: It will get a bit dark. There’ll be three strands: Nigel Farage and Britain, Putin, and then America. It’ll be about his position in the world, how do these weird, dysfunctional personalities create chaos and resolve things – I think it will be quite farcical. Some people say Trump is impossible to satirise. L: I disagree. You can’t satirise him in the normal way because as long as he’s winning he’s fine. But if you could show that his disdain for the truth could lead to a situation in which he’s not winning, he’s losing, that would be a satire – I think. But it’s also going to be fun with songs again? L: There eill be songs and the usual level of knob gags. D: It’s dark but we’re having a laugh with it because if you can’t laugh then what can you do? Are you going to stick with this theme in the future? L: Doing X the musical? Yeah probably, it’s worked so far. We’ve always wanted to do Trump and we’ve seen some attempts at Trump in musical form and we weren’t too impressed. But we might not even be here soon so maybe “Apocalypse the Musical”. D: World War III the Musical. L: It’s good to have a niche. We want people to know if they come and see a Blowfish show it’ll be funny, topical and a little bit silly.
Keep up to date with Blowfish Theatre and their Trump musical on their site: blowfishtheatre. weebly.com
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC Music – It can make or break an office. It can turn a room full of workers in to aspiring super stars or open up a heated debate around which girl band has the best synchronized dance routines, or which boy band has the best hair dos. So what does music says about your office? Here we take each music genre and break it down for you, and if your office has eclectic taste we provide a tips on how to cater for all music genres.
POP BASED OFFICE. From Bieber to Madonna your office knows the Macarena dance routine off by heart and probably knows all the lyrics to every Venga boys song ever made. Your love of pop suggests your office is totally outgoing and sociable, pop listeners tend to have a higher self esteem, this is linked to a love of happy music. They are more likely to use music to regulate their mood as the brain releases dopamine before the peak of a person’s favourite song.
ROCK BASED OFFICE.
If your office knows the difference between ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Highway to Hell’ then rock must be the genre of choice on the office stereo. Rock and Pop listeners are well suited as both use music to regulate their mood, with rock listeners tending to associate songs with intense or emotional life experiences. Not all rock is the same though, if your office has more of an indie rock based playlist then there’s a chance that the office is more creative and open to new experiences.
HIP-HOP/R&B BASED OFFICE. If your team ‘Lets it Burn’ like Usher, or makes TLC proud by not chasing waterfalls; then your office is more likely to be a social team. Hip-Hop and R&B listeners are more likely to sing and dance and express their music out loud rather than keep it in their headphones. They might be a fan of Kanye West but according to a study* they share personality traits with him, one known as “blirtatiousness”. (This is when someone has a tendency to blurt out
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thoughts as soon as they’re formed) *The Structure and Personality Correlations of Music Preference by Peter J. Rentfrow & Samuel D. Gosling
FOLK, JAZZ AND BLUES BASED OFFICE. If Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong are some of the artists on your playlist then your office are definitely Folk, Jazz and Blues listeners. People who listen to these genres are often reflective, open minded and highly creative. They are different to Rock and Pop listeners as they are more likely to listen to music to exercise their brain rather than regulate their mood.
COUNTRY BASED OFFICE. If your office is on the same level as Dolly working 9-5 then your team are more likely to be empathetic towards each other, as well as agreeable and extroverted. Just like Dolly country listeners tend to be hard workers, but less likely to be open about the types of art/music they like.
CLASSICAL BASED OFFICE. Beethoven or Mozart? If your office stereo is made up of piano solos and sweet symphonies then your office is full of creative introverts according to Dr North’s research *. People who like classical music are proven to be smarter. There was a comparison of SATs in 2009 and it revealed that students who liked Beethoven had an average SAT score of 137, more than 100 points higher than an individual who liked indie/pop music. For our future workforce we would recommend piping classical through the house! * The Social and Applied Psychology of Music (with David Hargreaves) 2008.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR OFFICE HAS A MIX BAG OF GENRES? Our advice would be to create a playlist and have an office DJ who asks everyone for their top 5 songs set to a daily theme such as Throwback Thursday or favourite movie songs, make a playlist, and there you have it your office stereo sorted for the day. If you would like some playlist inspiration tune into our Benchmark Twitter and Facebook for the Benchmark Office Playlists.
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